On September 1 (that’s today), Women of the Wall will be having a selichot service at the Kotel.
Women of the Wall were there and were kept very far from the Women’s Section and the Kotel by police. The cited reason: security concerns.
It seems that since ultra-Orthodox girls’ seminaries are on summer break, and the girls had been ordered by their rabbis to arrive at the Kotel at 6:30am, the women’s section was overflowing even before the Women of the Wall service was scheduled to start.
Here are some captions to get the ball rolling…
“Whistle if you love sin’at chinam!”
“Egg-tossing, unnecessary roughness on the defense. The penalty is declined. First down!”
For those click-phobic, I will summarize my thoughts on Sharansky’s call for setting up Robinson’s Arch as an Alterna-Kotel or Egal Kotel or Dis-Kotel in two words: TOTAL BULLSH&T.
It seems that Bibi’s man Natan Sharansky, charged by the PM with figuring out the Kotel Conundrum (otherwise known as #WomenoftheWall), has finally put his foot down!
YNET reports that Jerusalem Police Commander Major-General Yossi Parente sent a letter to Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, and #WomanoftheWall, advising her that the police were going to strictly enforce “the law” at #WomenoftheWall’s Rosh Chodesh Iyar service. Parente indicated that after consultation with Deputy Attorney General Sarit Dana, they, to paraphrase Thor, were going to put the hammer down.
This made Sharansky ANGRY as now he would have to get out from behind his desk and do something. Or at least seem to do something. Which still required him to get out from behind his desk. So, Sharansky went somewhere to meet with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the chairman of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation who serves as the Kotel’s “rabbi”.
Sharansky and Rabinowitz met yesterday. And they talked. And Sharansky expressed SHOCK. And, according to Shmarya Rosenberg:
Sharansky is reportedly “in the final stages” of drafting a compromise that would ensure “that every Jew in the world can pray in the manner that they are accustomed to at Judaism’s most important national and religious site.”
I cannot wait to see Sharansky’s compromise. I wonder if it will be even more compromise-ier than Gil Troy’s compromise which was REAL compromise-y…
I cannot wait until next Rosh Chodesh to see what else Natan has planned! …Perhaps, as a bonus, we might get more of Gil Troy’s calls for
maintaining the status quo which in effect kowtows to Haredi hegemony “compromise“!
(BTW, when Troy’s blogpost dropped, I called bullspit … but besides picking at what he called “a sloppy inaccurate and cliche historical analogy” when I wondered if he would counsel Rosa Parks to see reason about the back of the bus, he did not respond to my question about whether the Kotel belongs to the Jewish people or just to Jewish men… I am still waiting.)
The poop might just be hitting the fan now, Natan.