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    • zionist forever
    • 18.11.09 | 13:14 (IST)

    Its like going to a reform synagougue or an orthodox one. Each have their customs that they expect people to respect if you go in there. If your a reform jewish woman and you decide to visit an orthodox synagogue in the reform the woman can go sit with the man during prayer times etc. If she is vising an orthodox place she would be expected to sit segregated out of respect and not say well we do things different because its ok for women and men to sit together in reform so its ok for me to sit with the men here .. you just don't do it. Ayt the Kotel its like the orthodox synagogue much stricter customs are adopted and others are expected to respect those customs if they come visit. Its not the orthodox hijacking anything. Because it is such a holy place it was decided by the state to adopt orthodox customs. Nobody says the woman can't pray there just that she respect the customs and not wear a talit. Religion & democracy are not the same thing

    from the article: Police arrest woman for wearing prayer shawl at Western Wall
    First published 10:26 18.11.09 | Last updated 22:34 18.11.09
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