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    • Zev Davis
    • 13.05.13 | 10:53 (IDT)

    You discuss teh issue of "prayer at the Wall", as if it was something "culutral", that the Kotel was some kind of public space that was open to everyone. It ain't, dude! It's sacred, and has to be treated as such. The difference between the classic Jewish approach aka what you call Orthodox and the Reform and Conservative approach is that yours is cultural and historic, and what does down "in this world is Reality, and the classic POV of Judaism is that this world is a world of artifice and misrepresenation. The truth be told, there is far more artifice in the way facts and objects are displayed than what they really are--just look at the adverts and you know it's meant to sell, not to tell the truth. That you admit that the Seminary girls "prayed quietly" compared to the demonstrative style of the Rabbi Anat and company tells it all. You want control of the Wall, not to pray to God, as such. Isaiah said something about that, but . . . this is not the place or the time to write the verse in the talkback. That supporters of Classical Jewish practice and your, Alternative Jewish practice disagree is obvious, but to storm the Wall and hope to win it from . . . and say you have conquered something sounds like politics at best, and conflict, at worst.

    from the article: Let there be war at the Wall
    First published 17:34 12.05.13 | Last updated 17:34 12.05.13
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