A New York Times article today pitches a campaign by “Women of Wall” to act like men at the Kotel and unintentionally reveals the real issue — Who decides Jewish law?
Under the headline “At a Sacred Site, a Fight Over Women and Prayer,” the newspaper’s new and already controversial Jerusalem bureau chief Judi Rudoren ostensibly told both sides of the story, but overweighed the campaign by women, almost all of them Canadian and American immigrants.
The Women of the Wall pop up in the headlines every several months and succeeded to do so again earlier this month by trying to arrive at the Kotel with a tallis, the fringed shawl used by men when praying in the morning.
The High Court previously has ruled that women cannot wear a tallis at the wall, so Women of the Wall activist Bonna Devora Haberman tried to get around the order by arriving with a tallis in her backpack.
Rudoren immediately worked on readers’ sympathies for the Women of the Wall, writing that Haberman was “tearful” when she said, “How can you say this to me “I’m a Jew. This is my state.”
The statement “This is my state” reveals the goal of those who claim “equality” and that they have an equal say with learned rabbis over what is Jewish law.
Rudoren noted that several Jerusalem restaurants are seeking a kosher certification system that is not run by the government’s rabbinical council.
One Orthodox woman told Arutz Sheva, “If these women really and honesty want equality, “Let’s see them pray every day, three times day, without publicity.”
Read more at ARUTZ SHEVA.