This morning, it was cold at the Kotel- cold and quiet and peaceful.
Eleven Women of the Wall leaders met at the Kotel to pray shaharit together, in memory of a board members’ father. On the yarzheit of her father, Bonnie Ras wanted to pray at the Kotel with her community of women. We agreed to go, knowing that we risked being detained by police. As an experiment, and in attempt to complete the short prayer service without arrests, we wore our tallitot under our coats and entered the Kotel plaza from multiple entrances.
We feared harassment at the security, but no one so much as looked at us twice.
We feared police presence, but there was none.
We feared that our small prayer would be ruined by curses and slurs from onlookers, but the onlookers joined us in song!
We anticipated Rabbi Rabinowitz’s regulations, but we were allowed to pray freely. Apparently, these regulations are enforced only once a month, and only on a particular few women.
Somehow, on a day that was not Rosh Hodesh, without the tension and threat of police, we were able to pray in peace. More proof, as if you needed it, that the “disturbance” of the public order at the Kotel are those who arrest the innocent, curse and harass women while praying, and not the Women of the Wall.