No 'social custom' but sacred practice - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Rouven
    • 18.11.09 | 20:03 (IST)

    I think that it was right to remove from the Kotel those women who wore a tallit. To wear a tallit (or 'prayer shawl') is not a 'social custom' as the article falsely claims, but sacred practice, of which the regulations of observance are of great importance. No matter if you're are a religious person or not, you do understand that it's not tolerable for 90% of observant Jews, both man and women, to watch how somebody comes along and perverts the sacred practice of a 3300 years old tradition as he sees fit. The truth is that reform, conservative and other streams are recent aberrations of mainstream Judaism that is based on the tradition. Today that mainstream is called orthodox. All other streams are derived from other ideas than those transmitted through tradition and are therefore perversions of what is true Judaism. Their newly introduced practice is in no way sacred, except maybe self-proclaimed, and they can be ignored when pondering about the true way of Jewish observance.

    from the article: Police arrest woman for wearing prayer shawl at Western Wall
    First published 10:26 18.11.09 | Last updated 22:34 18.11.09
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