News Brief 8/25/2013, Elul 19, 5773
‘Women of the Wall’ to Get Separate Prayer Area
The Women of the Wall prayer rallies include public Torah readings by women, and female worshipers using traditionally male prayer garb such as tefillin. Both behaviors, even if technically within the bounds of halakhah (Jewish law), are normally prohibited at the women’s section of the Kotel as a violation of traditional norms, and have caused upset against some orthodox worshipers at the site.
The group has also caused upset with statements from its head, Anat Hoffman, who declared her goal is to "liberate" the Kotel, and ultimately to change the religious "status quo" on key issues."