Rabbis for WOW to Rabinowitz: Please issue a call for tolerance

15 תמוז 5773
June 23 2013

Dear Rabbi Rabinowitz,


We pray for your safety and the safety of Chief Rabbi Metzger, Chief Rabbi Amar and Member of Knesset Rabbi Moshe Gafni on account of the death threats that you have received. May you and your staff and your families and your loved ones be safe.

We also pray for the safety of Peggy Cidor, the Women of the Wall Board member who received a death threat. May she and her staff and family and loved ones be safe.

We are shocked and dismayed by these threats, we are concerned about the throwing of eggs at men praying on Rosh Hodesh and we are also concerned about women screaming at the top of their lungs in protest of Women of the Wall.

We ask you to please issue a call for tolerance for those who pray differently to also be allowed at the Kotel.

As ישעיה הנביא said כי ביתי בית-תפלה יקרא לכל-העמים

Thank you.

בכבוד רב

Rabbi David Kalb, New York, New York
Rabbi Pamela Frydman, San Francisco, California
International Co-Chairs

Rabbi Morris Allen, Mendota, Minnesota
Rabbi Amy Eilberg, St. Paul, Minnesota
Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, New York, New York
Rabbi Laura Geller, Los Angeles, California
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, Northwood, United Kingdom
Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, New York, New York
Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum, New York, New York
Rabbi Dov Linzer, New York, New York
Rabbi Jane Litman, Berkeley, California
Rabbi Asher Lopatin, New York, New York
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Las Vegas, Nevada
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Indianapolis, Indiana
Rabbi Shalom Schachter, Toronto, Canada
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Boulder, Colorado
Rabbi Susan Silverman, Jerusalem, Israel
Rabbi Ed Stafman, Bozeman, Montana
Rabbi Valerie Stessin, Jerusalem, Israel
International Vice Chairs
Rabbis for Women of the Wall


From a media release issued June 4, 4013: “We are appalled by the violent threats against the Chief Rabbis of Israel Rabbi Yonah Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar and the Kotel Administrator Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and we are shocked that this threat was brought in the name of Women of the Wall. We pray for the safety of everyone involved, we applaud Israeli law enforcement for the protection they are providing, we support the ongoing investigation by Israeli law enforcement and we hope they are able to identify the perpetrators of these violent threats. We ask all Rabbis, Cantors and Supporters of Women of the Wall to recite psalms, study Torah and pray for Rabbi Metzger, Rabbi Amar and Rabbi Rabinowitz and any other person who is threatened in these communications.”

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