Women of the Wall: Rebels or Revolutionaries?

19 Dec

women of the wall

Women are turnings heads in Jerusalem. Only this time, it’s not because they are not dressed modestly enough; it’s because they are draped in tallitot (prayer shawls), wearing kippot (yarmulkes/skull caps), and are reading from the Torah too close to the Western Wall, where these practices are forbidden for women. They are not even permitted to holdtallit or siddur (prayer book) inside the Western Wall plaza. Four women were arrested for these “crimes” last week, one of three similar incidents that have occured in the past three months in Jerusalem.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune published an article about the Women of the Wall group on Friday, December 14th, highlighted on the second page of section A in the newspaper. Though singing loudly enough at the wall for men to hear them is also prohibited, they have clearly raised their voices loud enough to cause quite a stir, even all the way to Sarasota.

These women assert that they are fighting for equality. Will they achieve it this way? Are their actions causing negative attention and provocation, or should they be allowed to worship in the way that they choose, wherever they choose?

Amber Ikeman is the Youth Engagement Coordinator at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

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2 Responses to “Women of the Wall: Rebels or Revolutionaries?”

  1. Fanny Goldberg December 20, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    I think it’s so backwards that these women are being detained for what they’re doing. Yes, there are other places in Israel that they could pray this way, but why should they be denied the right to pray the way they choose in the supposed holiest place in the world for Jews? It’s time to wake up and join the 21st century!!!

  2. David December 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I think you should check re allowing siddurim.

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