Following protests by feminist groups, attorney general's office tells Kotel rabbi to send list of women he will invite to official candle-lighting ceremony.15:45 01.12.15 | 0 comments
This entire controversy is ridiculous. While it is barbaric to arrest women for reciting prayers in a public place (that's all they are doing) what is this nonsense about a wall being a place of worship? And if it is argued that it is the boundary wall of an ancient temple (no capital letters please) this makes no difference. If we're going back a couple of thousand years, why not have animal sacrifices? Judaism today surely means more than worshipping at stone walls. As many readers have pointed out, the Israeli brand of Orthodoxy is surely not a 'state religion' (or shouldn't be) . The women are simply demonstrating against the segregation of women and their inferior status in the Orthodox community, which is fine, but to dignify it as 'worship' is equally ridiculous. The whole business makes a mockery of religion, and makes Israel look pathetic.