Tell PM Netanyahu: Let Women Read Torah at the Western Wall
We are at a crucial point in our struggle.
While we have gained the right to pray as a group with tallit (prayer shall) and tefillin (phylacteries) at the Western Wall (Kotel), under heavy police protection, we are still denied access to the Torah.
As you know, on April 25, 2013 the Jerusalem District Court ruled that women have full rights to pray, each according to her tradition and beliefs at the Western Wall. Unfortunately, this groundbreaking decision does not override the July 2010 regulation, written by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and confirmed by the Ministry of Justice, which forbids women and men from entering the Kotel Plaza with a Torah Scroll. Rabinowitz stated that there are 100 Torah scrolls at the Kotel for public use, therefor entry with a Torah is unnecessary. When Women of the Wall requested a Torah for public use in the women’s section, we were denied. The Torahs are apparently for the male public use alone.
We find ourselves stuck in a Catch 22 in which no matter how we approach this situation, women are denied physical access to a Torah because of this regulation. We need your help. We must appeal to the highest level of Israeli government, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, to request that he and his ministers of Justice and Religious Services, Tzipi Livni and Naftali Bennet, intervene and correct this great injustice immediately.
Today we ask that you send the letter below to Netanyahu, Livni and Bennet. Do this for Women of the Wall, but also for yourselves, your mothers, daughters, sisters and wives, and for all of the the future generations of Jewish women who will one day wish to pray fully and freely at the Kotel.
Please fill in your information below, read the letter and click send. Your letter will be sent to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni and Minister of Religious Services Naftali Bennet.
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