no mehitzah in the pre-1920s - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Sarah
    • 12.05.13 | 13:47 (IDT)

    There was no mehitzah because the Muslim and later British authorities wouldn't allow it. It was an orthodox site because there was no such thing as Reform or Conservative Judaism in Israel at that time. It is not an "ultra-orthodox synagogue" because masorti and dati leumi men and women also pray there. We happen to share with the ultra-Orthodox a love of modest behavior, tradition, quietude and gender separation. You want to sit with your girlfriend, go to a Reform "temple."

    from the article: An open letter to Naftali Bennett on ultra-Orthodoxy, Jewish pluralism and the Women of the Wall
    First published 11:26 12.05.13 | Last updated 11:26 12.05.13
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