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    • Judith Gelman
    • 24.10.12 | 14:23 (IST)

    Actually, the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that Women of the Wall are allowed to gather and pray on Rosh Hodesh "as is their custom". I have been present for these 7AM monthly services where Jewish women of every religious stream gather together to pray . It is not just a bunch of progressive women but also Orthodox women, who in the US and the rest of the Jewish world increasingly pray in their own services without men. At these services where women gather and sing out loud, police tape every aspect of what the women do. Male police come into the women's side to review the tapes. There may be gender separation for men but not for women. Then the police arrest women for minor "infractions" such as wearing black and white ("men's" tallitot) or wearing a tallit gathered on their shoulders ("in the style of a man".) It is clearly harassment. The service at which Anat was mostly recently arrested took place on Erev Rosh Hodesh. Around the world, this is when most Jewish women gather for their Rosh Hodesh celebrations. The rabbis who control the Kotel don't want the presence of women praying in a organized service to creep from just 7AM once a month to also include the previous evening, even if it is the centennial celebration of the founding of Hadassah, the largest zionist women's organization. Hence the brutal treatment of Anat Hoffman, not because she was praying out loud at that Kotel but because she was praying out loud at the Kotel 10 hours too early. . Could the author please explain how his theory and examples are relevant given that women may pray and pray out loud once a month in the mo,rning? And why can't they celebrate the same holiday when it begins the previous evening?

    from the article: Women who libel Israel
    First published 11:58 24.10.12 | Last updated 11:58 24.10.12
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