On June 21 I had the privilege of being with the Women Of the Wall as they held scharit services at the Wall for Rosh Hodesh. Each month women from all denominations come together to pray. This is an important organization that is fighting for religious freedom and equality in Israel. The rabbi in charge of the holy places and the Wall has continued to assert directives that make it difficult, if not impossible, for women to pray freely at the Wall as they choose. The latest conflicts involve the wearing of tallit and carrying the Torah.
K’lal Yisrael – Praying for Pluralism with Women of the Wall, by Alli Cohen
This post orignally appears in http://praying4pluralism.blogspot.co.il/ This past week, I experienced my first Rosh Hodesh service with Women of the Wall. … Read more
Reflections on Rosh Hodesh Tamuz, by cantorial student Jen Rueben
I had the incredible privilege of praying with the Women of the Wall for their Rosh Chodesh Tamuz service this past week. What an experience to usher in my year of cantorial study in Israel!
The morning started out peacefully. We watched the sun rise over the Kotel as we prayed. I was touched that some men stood behind the divider in the back and prayed with us. A few dirty looks were sent our way and a couple of people plugged their ears as they passed to keep from hearing our singing. Despite this, for the first time, I was able to pray at the Kotel with my tallit wrapping my shoulders. I was able to add my voice to the prayers of my heart in this place that is so holy to my people.
Why Are Israeli Police Stopping Jewish Women from Praying?, by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
This blog post originally appears in The Huffington Post. To read the full post please click here. On June 21, for the … Read more
Rosh Hodesh Shevat, WOW Supporter Irene Diamond Reflects
By Irene Diamond:Irene Diamond, a WOW supporter kindly shares this words with us for Rosh Hodesh Shevat. She wrote the … Read more
YES WE DO!
Why Rabbis Across the Spectrum Support Women’s Rights at the Kotel in Jerusalem? Join us!Tuesday, November 15, 20117:30 to … Read more
Democracy and the Rule of Law: In Spain and In Israel
By Batya Kallus Several months ago, Women of the Wall received an email inviting us to speak to a Reform … Read more
Rosh Hodesh Adar II: The Saddest Month
By Emily Shapiro Katz Yesterday morning, Rosh Hodesh Adar II, was my third time joining Women of the Wall at … Read more