JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The feminist Women of the Wall group attempted Sunday morning to enter the Western Wall plaza with a Torah scroll and were stopped by the site’s security guards.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation stated, “A small group of Women of the Wall came to the Western Wall and caused provocations and turned the Western Wall into a place of controversy.
A Torah scroll was smuggled, and there was an attempt to disgracefully bring it in by one of the group’s members, the disgrace was prevented by Western Wall security, and the scroll was placed to be respectfully protected.”
The Women of the Wall organization commented: “The Western Wall Rabbi’s guards grabbed and confiscated the Woman of the Wall’s Torah scroll and even detained a worshiper who was on her way to a Women of the Wall festive prayer service with the scroll as if she were a criminal. It is crazy and enraging that right before the holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah, the Rabbi of the Western Wall disgraces a Torah scroll and disgraces a women’s prayer service and confiscates a Torah scroll which is meant for women to read the Torah at the Western Wall. The time has come to liberate the Western Wall from the Rabbi of the Western Wall’s hands and to bring equality for women at the holy site.”
After years of these Women OFF the Wall bring in a Sefer Torah, security finally intercepted one of them with a Torah.
Their husbands don’t put on T’fillin or lain. They don’t don kipas either. This is transparent provocation only.
Oh my Gut – The tumanah medina has it police confiscating Heiliga Torahs. How could we Frummer let this happen, we must go out, demonstrate while making a fast day All through gollis we suffered from this.
Perhaps a good compromise that would work for all would be “Partnership Minyanim”?
“a religious Jewish prayer group that seeks to maximize women’s participation in services within the confines of Jewish law as understood by Orthodox Judaism. This includes enabling women to lead parts of service, read from the Torah, serve in lay leadership positions, sit in a more gender-balanced format, and in some cases count as part of a minyan (“quorum”) of ten men and ten women.”