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NYC Prayer Service Supports Women of the Wall

Female rabbis led a solidarity service in Madison Square Park this morning

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The prayer service at New York City's Madison Square Park.(Photos by the author.)

A torah scroll was raised high into the air this morning over New York City’s Madison Square Park during the tail end of the city’s morning rush hour. Men with briefcases and tourists with maps and cameras slung around their necks stopped to watch the prayer service and look curiously at the sign hung nearby, which read “We stand with Women of the Wall.” The women-led service was part of an ongoing effort organized by Iris Richman, a New York-based rabbi, to show solidarity with the Women of the Wall.

The morning service, held in a park with dogs and children frolicking nearby and onlookers observing respectfully, stood in sharp contrast to the events which took place this morning at the Western Wall, where thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters threw rocks and water bottles at the group of women gathered to pray.

Cantor Shayna Postman, who attended the service, said gatherings like this were important to “show our support for Women of the Wall and for pluralism at the Kotel and in Israel in general.” The same group of women held a Conservative service last month, while the one this morning was led by reform rabbis. The next service will be in the Orthodox tradition. Postman explained that this pluralistic model of support for the Women of the Wall in Israel is meant to show that tolerance and pluralism is possible.

“Being able to channel the feelings we have, the feelings of support but also disappointment and sadness about the things that have happened,” she explained, “We wish to be where we can pray side by side and just be tolerant of each other.”

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Dorothee says:

They should say kaddish for Regina Jonas (1902-1944), a strong woman who became the first properly ordained woman rabbi in the world. The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Jonas grew up in Berlin’s Scheunenviertel, studied at the liberal Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums (College for the Scientific Study of Judaism) beginning in 1924, and was ordained in 1935.

    jongnagy says:

    Who ordained her?

    A highly unlikely happening in the Orthodox world.

My, what a huge crowd — about 1/10 of 1 percent of what one finds on any given morning at any serious shul in Boro Park or Flatbush. But, hey, if feminist provocation at the Kotel is what it takes to get these people to actually come out and daven, who are we to quibble?

jongnagy says:

These fubsy, feral, feminists violate any meaning of jewish women—modesty.

When asked if they pray every day these women said, “No.”

If that’s the case why are they intruding and violating the sanctity of the Western Wall and its environs?

Why are they violating Biblical Jewish law by wearing garments that men wear?

These women have no interest in anything else except being exhibitionists of the first order.

jongnagy says:

“…for pluralism…”

What a stinking red herring!

I guess the Orthodox with Litvaks, Yekis, Yemenites, Falashas, Sephardim, Ashkenazim, etc. doesn’t indicate “pluralism.”

What a phony you and your ilk are.

Go back to your bankrupt Conservative and Reform Schools and start your inciting people there.

jongnagy says:

“The same group of women held a Conservative service last month…”

Did they mention the disrespect of their parents added to the new Yom Kippur mahzor they read from on that holy day?

Here’s part of the insulting filth:

A prayer for a deceased “partner”— an effort to include gay Jews.

And also one for “a parent who was hurtful.”

“His/her death left me with a legacy of unhealed wounds,
of anger and dismay,” the passage says.

Take that and put it in the sewer of disrespect for parents where it belongs.

Liberal columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff of the NY Times wrote, “The freedom to be an imbecile is one of our core values.”

it seems the numbers of Conservatives and Reform ones are growing daily.


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