Rabbanit Tzviya Eliyahu: Women of the Wall are ‘Crazy’

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rabbanit-tzviya-eliyahuRabbanit Tzviya Eliyahu, widow of Chief Sephardic Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu zt”l, hit hard today at the Women of the Wall and vowed that they would not be allowed to “desecrate” the Kosel in a provocative prayer session planned for Sunday.

“This is a very serious matter,” she told Arutz Sheva, regarding the idea of women’s praying with tallis and tefillin.

“They have gone completely mad,” she said. “They want to enter through the back door, but it won’t happen. They cannot come with tallit and tefillin, it’s as simple as that. We will not let them do it; they will not defile the place. It is very bad that the police and courts are defending them. The public does not agree to this. It is not democracy, it is democtatorship.

“If they are Jewish women and not an erev rav of all stripes and colors, then let them come and pray like everyone, but without tallit and tefillin,” she said.

Rabbanit Eliyahu does not accept the claims that the Women of the Wall are not Reform Jews. “Today they have one foot here and tomorrow they have the other foot there. If they come with tallit and tefillin and this kind of nonsense, it is just a provocation. We do not accept this. The Kotel is a holy place and there is no room in it for Reformism or Reformists.”

Source: Arutz Sheva {Matzav.com Israel}


  1. As HaGaon Maran HaRav Shail Zachariash says (about conservative or reform from a schmooze about a decade ago), they are practicing “a different religion”. It is not yiddishleit or Judais. It is something different altogether.

  2. Beautifully and accurately said. If only all Israeli spokespeople and politicians were as direct and focused.

  3. The title of this post is a complete lie and distortion for the sake of matzav.com’s sensationalism, of what this holy woman said. In the title you QUOTE her as saying they are “crazy” in the article you quote her as saying that they’ve GONE “mad” not crazy, and not that they are actually mad.

  4. Kotel Moment of Truth: Youths Asked to Stay Away (Arutz Sheva)

    Time is both linear and expansive. It is not cyclical as some Buddhists et al. believe. It is a continuum. However, violence and the threat of violence makes time collapse in on itself. As history attests there are moments of truth, fixed dates, like when Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mt.Sinai circa 1440 bce, where the flow of human history changes course. So whatever happens on Sunday at the Kotel Plaza will not be the end or even the beginning of the story. It’s all about which paradigm should reign in Jerusalem.

    “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”

    – Proverbs 3:17

  5. With all due respect, most people who write comments state their position arrogantly and without considering the other side has something to say. I don’t see anyone saying things “in my humble opinion” or “the way I see it is…” rather, it ends up being a blustery attack as if there is no other side to the story. This was Korach’s disease, presenting himself as 100% right and everyone else 100% wrong. Most things in life are much more complicated than that. Good Shabbos and a gutt’n chodesh to all

  6. Though I don’t want the women of the wall to be at the kotel as much as the next person, I think the orthodox world would be served well to just ignore them. They are just attention seekers that are trying to build a movement. If we give them the attention they want, this will just grow their membership and give them more chizuk. These protests are a big mistake, just ignore them and they will go away themselves when they realize they are not really interested in the kotel to begin with.

  7. To #10 6=10 woman want to turn our Torah upside down in and out and you have the nerve, this woman don’t believe in Yiddishkeit. I wonder how they eat
    Pesach matzo with pork ,or Yom kipur a health salad, if any one of them is /or have a non jew in ther family .there is a eriv rah in every generation


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