Women Praying at the Western Wall

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The topic of women praying at the Western Wall has been an ongoing debate not only among ultra-orthodox Jews and feminists, but now the Women of the Wall (WOW) are becoming divided on the issue of where to pray at the wall. While on November, 4, 2013, the group celebrated their 25 anniversary, it is at this moment in the group’s history that they are the most divided. In his article, “Women of Wall Deeply Split over Anat Hoffman’s Acceptance of Prayer Deal,” Nathan Jeffay discusses the issues WOW is currently facing both internally and externally. In October of 2013, WOW decided to move their demonstrations from the Kotel's prayer gallery for women to a quieter piece of the wall known as Robinson’s Arch. The group denies allegations…show more content…
Alder then goes on to question how many victories were really just token victories. It is viable that women who signed the petition to remain at the Kotel feel that their invitation to be involved in the negotiations is only a token victory. How can real change happen when women would still be excluded from the holiest place in Judaism? In the comment section of the article, a man brought up a saying that often invokes images of the 1960s in America: separate but not equal. Many women feel that this would occur if they were forced to remain separated from the Kotel section. Blu Greenberg, an orthodox feminist, has come up with solutions on how feminists can reconcile with their Jewish faith. Greenberg begins her article by stating principles of feminism. These principles include the belief that women can function outside the home, and have the same potential and capacity to make decisions on their own destinies. She then discusses what it means to be a feminist and also a religious person. She states, “A woman of faith has the same innate vision and existential longing for a redemptive-covenantal reality as a man of faith” (Greenberg). This correlates exactly to WOW’s involvement at the Kotel. These women are taking their own faith in their own hands and attempting to get closer to God. In the video, “Praying in Her Own Voice: Women of the Wall,” Rabbi Lauren Geller emphasizes that the
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