December 10, 2009
Women of the Wall Respond
My post entitled “Arrested for Wearing a Tallit” evoked quite a passionate reaction. In response, I want to point out that “Women of the Wall” is a non denominational organization, looking to provide women with the right to pray at the kotel. Advocating for this right does not make me Reform. I believe that one of Morethodoxy’s principals is inclusivity— engaging all kinds of Jews—those with special needs, disabled, divorced, widowed, Shabbat observant, and those who are still on a journey. Women’s participation, within the framework of halakha, is central to the principal of inclusivity. I understand that the circumstances surrounding Nofrat Frenkel’s arrest in complicated. However, that does not change the fact that women should have the right to daven peacefully at the holiest site in the world. Their presence does not exclude men from praying. There is a mechitza separating men and women. No one is advocating for its removal. So, in the spirit of inclusisvity, why can’t men and women find a way to pray harmoniously side by side?
I have included a letter calling on women to gather together in each of our communities on Thursday December 17th in solidarity with WOW.
We ask that you convene a program that shows your support for this initiative. Please share your plans and document your activities by sending an email to email@example.com. We also ask that you send a photo of your gathering to Judith Sherman Asher, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please caption the photo with the names of the participants, the date, location of, and information about your program. Feel free to add a short message of support for Women of the Wall. This will greatly strengthen the morale of our sisters is Israel.