What happened today was orthodox Jews exercising their right to protest. Protests are not something that are exclusive to the social movement, there are also alot more Jew who don't like WOW ( not just haredi ) than WOW could ever dream of having the kind of numbers supporting them. This is also nothing to do with prayer anyway. WOW are an american feminist group who feel that orthodox Judaism is oppressive toward women because they don' have equal rights .. a man can wear a talit & teffilin a woman can't. A many can take services and read from the Torah scroll or be calleld up but a woman can't. WOW are fighting a war against orthodoxy and these services have nothing to do with prayer, if they wanted to go pray then they would act respectfully go into the womans section without the talit & teffilin and pray but they don't. They come once a month to provoke a response from the religious and police hopefully even a violent response as far as they are concerned because then the public sees WOW as innocent vicitims to support and to shun the orthodox. Anat Hoffman their leader has said even if the Sharansky plan to extend the plaza and create a proper reform service area at Robinsons Arch WOW would probably continue coming to the orthodox section anyway. If we allowed WOW to hold their services at the Kotel without objection it wouldn't lead to en end of troubles it would just mean that WOW would look for some other way to provoke a response from the religious. WOW are an example of feminism at its worst.
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