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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Haredi women fill women's section at Western Wall

Haredi women once again filled the women's section at the Western Wall (Kotel) Plaza on Wednesday morning, Rosh Chodesh, forcing the self-proclaimed 'Women of the Wall' to do their thing elsewhere.
The Women of the Wall prayer rights activist group was holding its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall on Wednesday, and the Jerusalem Police said there were around 250 activists present. 
The WoW group was forced to congregate in a different area because the women's section of the Western Wall was too packed, the police said.  
Around one to two hundred shouting and whistle blowing haredi men and women were protesting close to the WoW prayer area but police had made no arrests.
The Jerusalem Police accompanied the group members from the complex’s entrance to the Western Wall plaza so as to prevent anyone from interfering with their prayers.
The Women of the Wall have the merit that they are bringing thousands of Haredim out for sunrise prayer services (the best way of saying morning prayers under Jewish law) every Rosh Chodesh. Next month, Rosh Chodesh is Rosh HaShanna, and I don't believe they come there on Rosh HaShanna (there is no public transport in Jerusalem and no cars are allowed near the Western Wall). In two months, Rosh Chodesh is on the Sabbath (again, no public transport and no cars), so unless they're going to show up on the first day of Rosh Chodesh (which is not the first day of the month), there may not be a clash then either. That means the next clash is 2-3 months away.

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At 5:15 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...


Women of the Wall may be leftist feminists, but so what? They are not violating Halacha in their desire to have women's only prayers. So why do you oppose them? Is it not their right to pray as they wish?

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Barbara2 said...

Religious Jews have piled rules on top of rules and become obsessed with all their religious observances. Each group thinks that they have more and better rules than the other guys. Worse yet they are man made rules. God said not to cook a calf in it's mother's milk and then some rabbi decided nobody should even drink milk at same time as they ate beef. Then another rabbi decided to go one better and forbid eating any animal when milk was consumed. Then they added chicken to the prohibition. And then they made it a sin to drink milk within six hours of eating any meat. Next they will demand that all Jews be vegetarian....just to be sure. If God had wanted that he could have said to only drink milk in the morning and only eat meat at night. He didn't. But the various extra rules are a great way to feel self-righteous and superior to all the lesser people. And then you have lots to fight about because at present the Jews just don't have enough enemies.

I really wonder what David would think of all this pettiness. Would he worry if his soldiers didn't wear wool underwear? Or would he be angry if those European background men were disabled by heat stroke? When his men were very hungry, he let them pick grain on the Sabbath and once he ate the special Temple bread. David loved God with all his heart and his religion was a way to serve his God. But men (all of them)have a tendency to make the religion their god and then nasty, stupid stuff happens and God is not honoured.


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