Women and the Western Wall

Problems at the Western Wall since 1980s.

In February 2013, Sarah Silverman made global headlines when she tweeted about  the arrests of her sister, Rabbi Susan SIlverman, and her 17-year-old niece, Hellel Abramowitz.

Sarah Silverman's tweet.

Sarah Silverman’s tweet.

After the tweets, many people believed that this issue was relatively new when it actually is an almost  25-year-long protest.

Rabbi Susan Silverman (left) and her daughter, Hallel (right), arrested by Israeli police.

Outdated sexist laws.

The Western Wall has traditionally been separated by gender and women are not allowed to wear the prayer shawls that ultra-Orthodox laws allow men to don.

The ban on women praying at the wall has been up for debate for since the 1980s, and groups such as the Women of the Wall have fought against these sexist ultra-Orthodox laws.

A recent court decision protects the right for women to wear prayer shawls or other religious garments traditionally used only by men. The Israeli government is currently working on new regulations for the site.

The struggle continues.

Every month, women activists meet at the Western Wall and pray and Israeli police and ultra-Orthodox people routinely arrest and harm women worshipers.

In July, this struggle continued when ulta-Orthodox men and women were arrested after throwing objects at the women praying or attempting to disturb the worshipers.

You can help.

People in support of equal praying rights are asking others to tell Prime Minister Netanyahu to “Let women read Torah at the Western Wall.”

 

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