Women of the Wall
By Yechiel Sever
As on each Rosh Chodesh, and this time as well, a small group of women calling themselves "Women of the Wall," arrived at the Kosel plaza with the specific goal to incite and provoke, while desecrating the sacredness of this relic of the Beis Hamikdash, the holiest site of the Jewish People, trampling upon the deep sensitivities of the masses gathered there to pray. With full media coverage they held a self-styled `bircas kohanos' and read from a kosher Sefer Torah, which absolutely violates the Halacha, as well as the explicit directive of the Attorney General issued two weeks ago.
"What we feared has, indeed, come to pass," said the rabbi of the Kosel, HaRav Shmuel Rabinowitz, in reaction to this repeated desecration. "What began as a blatant abuse of the customs of this site and of Jewish tradition, and of the sentiments of all the regular worshipers, has escalated for lack of a timely stoppage and such activities which continue even in spite of the directive of the government legal advisor [Attorney General] and the Israeli court, and reduces the Kosel to a place of dissension and disturbance. This group fancies itself as a revolutionary movement breaching barrier after barrier of religious safeguards in order to garner public attention without taking into consideration the focus of national unity. These women stubbornly continue to widen the breach at the Kosel, of all places, the only site which unifies the Jewish people of all circles, streams and communities."