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    • Moises
    • 19.11.09 | 17:06 (IST)

    Judaism is a religion of practical obligations (mitzvot) directly derived from the Torah (Bible). To wear a talit (or tefilin) and to read from the Torah in public are not obligations that apply to women. Furthermore, a woman reading the Torah in public violates a law called "kol isha" (woman singing in public) as well as "mehitza" (separation: the sexes talking to each other during prayer) and probably a few others I didn't think about. Even worse, the core motivation of Judaism is to conquer one's ego. This is not an equality issue. This is an issue of openly breaking laws of Judaism to satisfy the ego of a small group. To pray normally does not violate the laws of "reformism", but to do so this way DOES violate those of traditional Judaism.

    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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