If the Women of the Wall really were interested in "praying", either they would join in with the rest of the women, as they pray, or, perhaps ask the authorites to allow them , as has been arranged, to have a reasonable space for them to pray more to thier style. That they created photo-ops amd other demonstratiion with the intention of "defying the authorites". That ain't prayin' by a long shot. As we see l the season for trashing Haredim is never off. People that are simply agin' Halachic Observances, and want to prove that its whatever, as the talkbacks amply describe, are called to get to the barricades and shout the slogans. Could it be that people are afraid of what they don't know, of what they never learned, and think if you say somethng long enough, and loudly enough, people will beleve you. Reform and Conservative authorities are not known for studying the Sources as thoroughly as the "Orthodox" circles do. Indeed, it could be argued that the men and likely, even women that study the Daily Daf of the Talmud, as well as other texts, are likely better versed in "Judaism" and Source texts than most Reform and Conservative trained rabbis simply because they study them reguarly. Then too egaliitarianism well, its a matter of style and how you treat tradition. Those Jews that feel the faith is Revealed respect the Oral Tradition that holds that a distance ought to be placed between the sexes, and others feel that "history" should guide Jewish tradtitions and equality between the sexes should be the rule. Yes, Virgiinia they are two points of view, and one would hope the proponents of each know enough to sort things out based on spiritual considerations rather than created a political struggle out of the matter.
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