Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs

New York Rabbi takes both sides of Kotel dispute to task, and shares thoughts on this week’s Torah portion.

Eliran Aharon, New York ,

Women on the Wall (file)
Women on the Wall (file)

Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Rabbi of Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills in New York, took both sides of a recent dispute at the Kotel (Western Wall) to task in a video interview with Arutz Sheva.

Rabbi Schonfeld accused the Women of the Wall group of seeking to create a provocation, and wondered if they would have done the same at another religion’s holy site. At the same time, he harshly criticized hareidi-religious “street thugs” who “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

He had praise for the thousands of young Jewish women who came to pray quietly at the Western Wall in a public display of solidarity with the traditional observance at the holy site.

Rabbi Schonfeld also shared some teachings relating to this week’s Torah portion.