News Brief 10/3/2013, Tishrei 29, 5774
Kotel Rabbi to Hareidi Jews: Ignore Women of the Wall
The Rabbi of the Kotel (Western Wall), Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, is hoping that this month’s prayer rally by the controversial Women of the Wall group will be met with silence.
Women of the Wall has held monthly prayer gatherings in the women’s section of the Kotel in recent months. The group’s prayers are conducted in a manner that is controversial according halakha (Jewish law), and which violates traditional norms at the holy site.
The group’s leader identifies with the Reform movement, which sees Jewish law as non-binding.