So it won’t happen after all. At least not legally.
On Thursday, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit forbade the rabble-rousing Women of the Wall group from holding a Birchas Kohanos ceremony in the ezras noshim of the Kosel on Chol Hamoed Pesach.
WOW had planned to hold the fabricated ceremony to continue to antagonize the frum world and try to shake the status quo at the Kosel, as they have been doing with their “egalitarian” prayer section and their regular shenanigans, such as having women read from a Sefer Torah.
Rof of the Kosel Rav Shmuel Rabinowitz and others had said that the bogus ceremony would contravene the local custom at the Kosel and the AG agreed
Mandelblit said that his decision is based on section 2a1a of the Regulations for Protecting Jewish Holy Places 1981, which prohibits “conducting a religious ceremony which is not in accordance with the customs of the site.”
WOW is thumbing its nose at Mandelblit, saying that it will proceed with the ceremony anyway on Sunday, the first day of Chol Hamoed.
“We disagree with the attorney general’s [decision]…,” sais Riki Shapiro, an attorney and WOW “board member,” in a statement. “It is infuriating that the decision was given to us at the last moment, without the benefit of hearing our side before making it, as required by Israel’s Administrative Law. Also, the decision was made at such a time that we cannot appeal it to the Supreme Court,” she says.
The WOW provokers say they will be at the Kosel at 8:45 a.m.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel