Shalom

I have longed for thy salvation, O L-RD; and thy Torah is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalm 119:174-176


20 May 2013

Women of the wall - May Update



I wanted to give the latest update on Women of the Wall since the last incidents where they were met at the Kotel during Rosh Chodesh by rioting men and women. The ante has been upped now by vandals who have spray-painted slogans on teh home of one of the leaders of Women of the Wall.

Ladies, my prayers are with you.


Israeli police say vandals have spray-panted slogans on the home of one of the leaders of a liberal Jewish women's group that has angered ultra-Orthodox communities over its demands for equality of worship.
Women Of The Wall Leader Targeted By Vandals, Women's Prayer Group Angers Ultra-Orthodox, Huffington Post
Some of the graffiti sprayed on the door and stairwell of Peggy Cidor’s apartment read in Hebrew: “Women of the Wall are wicked,” “Peggy, your time is up,” “Peggy, we know where you live,” and “Jerusalem is holy,” according to the Women of the Wall.
The words “Torah tag” also were spray painted on the door of the apartment, calling to mind the phrase “price tag” used by extremist settlers and their supporters to describe retribution in the form of vandalism for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.
Vicious graffiti sprayed on home of Women of the Wall board member, JTA

 Israeli TV footage showed black writing on the hallway and door of the Jerusalem home. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Monday police were investigating.
Vandals spray-paint slogans against liberal Jewish women’s prayer group in Israel,
Washington Post

Tzipi Livni and Naftali Bennet are now involved in the current proceedings with legalizing Women of the Wall's Activities.

Bayit Yehudi party leader Minister Naftali Bennett is working to redefine the “local custom” regarding tefilos at the Kosel. Bennett is reacting to the recent Jerusalem District Court decision by Justice Moshe Sobel in which the court stated that the women of the Women of the Wall (WoW) organization was not in violation of the Supreme Court decision’s definition of the “local custom” vis-à-vis tefilos at the holy site when the women wear tallis, tefilin and read from a Sefer Torah.
Livni Steps in to Protect Women of the Wall Organization & its Kosel Agenda

Until recently, however there was no such voice [for Haredi women who were against WOW]. Nearly all of those who were publicly critical of Women of the Wall were male - which made it easy to argue that if they simply kept to the men’s section of the Wall, there wouldn’t be any reason for them to complain about the WOW’s activities.
Woman vs. Women of the Wall, Haaretz Daily
(brackets mine)

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