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    • sarah
    • 13.07.10 | 15:33 (IDT)

    women and men praying together - why is it not ok and who says so? Nehemiah seems to think it was ok. when Torah was read to the people. Nitzavim tells us everyone was at Sinai to receive Torah. Oh, someone was so determined to find a source for a prohibition that they had to go to zechariah 12:12 which talks about separation of the genders - and all families too by the way - during mourning. That's it folks. the full biblical prooftext for separation of genders in prayer. Dont tell me - the Temple had separation in prayer. Really? funnily enough the ezrat nashim was the outer courtyard and EVERYONE passed through it so men and women mingled freely. The ezrat nashim was just the furthest in a woman could go. just like the ezrat yisrael was the furthest in an ordinary israelite could go. look at tractate middot 2:5 for more info. and the woman's gallery in the second temple? simple - have a look at tractate sukkah 51a - women sat in a temporary gallery during simchat beit hashoeva in order to protect them from the levity of the men. and the rest of the year presumably they could protect themselves. but I suppose if the police arrest a woman and show no respect to her or a sefer torah at the kotel, maybe we should build a structure to protect the women again - how about half the wall given over to them to pray in as they wish and not allow men to throw chairs over on pain of arrest or even cherem? I'm pretty sure there is no source for assaulting women at the kotel, even if it seems to have become a weird kind of minhag

    from the article: Police arrest Women of the Wall leader for praying with Torah scroll
    First published 11:34 12.07.10 | Last updated 11:34 12.07.10
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