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    • Jenni Menashe
    • 14.05.13 | 14:41 (IDT)

    Some facts which I would like to correct: 1. The ladies section is approx. 20 m. of which a chuck has been taken up by the temporary wooden bridge that ascends to the Temple Mount (Mughrabi). The Antiquities Authority dig that has been going on under the bridge has taken longer than expected. As it turns out the press release went out *yesterday* that the works are being completed and the women's section already began being set back to its full size as of last night. 2. The men's section including the area under Wilson's Arch makes approx. 50 m. Mainly because it is needed for Bar Mitzvah days when the tables are used. 3. There are a few other women's prayer areas, inside Wilson's Arch and The Tunnels. I'm happy to acquaint you with them. In fact the Ezrat Nashim (women's section) inside The Kotel Tunnels, is the only place at The Western Wall that has climate control, nice seats of wood (that fold down) with cushions and wonderful lighting. There are even points for ear phones so that families of Bar Mitzvah boys can hear their son specifically. Many women go to pray Mul Kodesh Kedoshim (opposite the Holy of Holies) and the closest stop today that we can be to the Even HaShetia (Foundation Stone - Judaism Holiest spot) which is *exclusively* for women. When you add up all the other locations for women they make up almost the same amount of space as for the men. 4. It is these sections that the women go to when it is raining, however when it is sunny the women are mainly protected by the Muhgrabi Bridge and have shade. The men who don't have shade then go into the Wilson's Arch area. Great care has been take and every angle, logical, technical and religious in order to make best use of the space. Creating more space can only be achieved after further excavations and will come in due course. Hag Shavuot Samayah

    from the article: The short and overcrowded history of women at the Western Wall
    First published 22:50 14.05.13 | Last updated 22:50 14.05.13
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