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Women Should Be Free to Pray at the Wailing Wall
March 16, 2013
Update: This week several women MK's (members of the Knesset) joined the women praying at the wall. Due to their presence, the police refrained from arresting anyone. Also, we can hope that with the new government the laws regarding prayer at the holy places will be changed to give these women relief.
What has been happening regularly is that although women customarily pray at the wall, in the designated area, these women did not wish to pray silently as is expected of their gender, but to make a joyful noise! The men on the other side of the fence do it all the time, dancing and singing with Torah scrolls in arm, but the Orthodox authorities did not approve of the women doing it, and the police did their bidding, arresting the women worshippers.
We support the rights of Jewish women to pray at the Western Wall in the manner they choose, and we are outraged that they are being arrested for praying in an enthusiastic manner that would not draw any notice if they were men. We affirm that God wants to hear their prayers.
Karen M. Rogers
Jean Augustin Ghomsi
Peter Dean Nordquist
Mark James Tobkin
Shimon Veg Tartowski
Luonne Abram Rouse
Peter W. Spoto
Glenda Lopez Davila
Elizabeth B. De Jong
Jacqueline Aber Sou
Ashley P. Crosthwaite
Lise Marie Parks