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    • Moshe Kosower
    • 09.04.13 | 11:55 (IDT)

    What is today known as the Western Wall was not always a place of prayer for Jews. Yitzhak ben Moshe Hafarhi, who visited Jerusalem in the 14th century, relates in his book Kaftor Vaferah (chapt 6) that the Jews of Jerusalem used to gather at the Golden Gates, which in Hebrew and Arabic are known as the gates of mercy, for prayer. He makes no mention at all of the western wall. Robinson's arch, the southern wall, (archeological park) and the eastern wall, are all equally holy. The southeastern corner is especially impressive and they should consider building an egalitarian place there, or any other spot along the wall. That is, if their real interest is quiet devotion according to what they believe. If, on the other hand, what they are really interested in is carrying on a campaign for what they perceive as "women's rights" and using the western wall as a gimmick to attract publicity, they should carry on as before. What do they really want?

    from the article: Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying Kaddish at Kotel
    First published 19:19 04.04.13 | Last updated 19:19 04.04.13
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