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    • MJ
    • 23.10.12 | 00:37 (IST)

    Why are the Women of the Wall and the Reform and other liberal Jewish Communities in North America considered to be more vulnerable than the orthodox people who pray at the wall and do not want their sensibilities offended. I am a Reform Jew who lives now in the States after living more than three decades in Israel. Personally, I am turned off by the entire scene at the Western Wall, and I fail to understand why it has become so important to non-Orthodox Jewish people. Their struggle there increases the perception that what takes place is like a 3 ring circus, the Orthodox men, the Orthodox women, and the non-Orthodox Jewish women, all trying to do their own thing at the same time.. Both the Orthodox and the non-Orthodox are trying to coerce one another to accept practices they each find unacceptable. I am constantly astonished at all the energy put into this struggle. Perhaps the only solution is to actually divide the area into 3 sections instead of two, one for Orthodox men, one for Orthodox women, and one for a mixed-gender group where non-Orthodox men and women can pray together in the same way they do now in Reform and Conservative congregations wherever they exist. Then we could have a traditional mechitza between the Orthodox men and the Orthodox woman, and something like a Separation Wall between those two Orthodox groups and the non-Orthodox. That would be the fairest way to solve the problem. Is this what the Women of the Wall are fighting for?

    from the article: Pharaohs in our midst: Orthodox domination of women and non-Orthodox Jews in Israel
    First published 06:22 21.10.12 | Last updated 06:22 21.10.12
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