The Freedom to Read The Torah

Jew Tortah female rabbi wallBibi Netanyahu has told heads of the haredi political parties that women will not be allowed to read from the Torah at the wiling wall.

WoW won the right to pray at the Western Wall in accordance with their own practices, such as wearing prayer shawls and tefillin, which in Orthodox Judaism is done only by men, in 2013.  But, reading from the Torah is banned by  a regulation drafted by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the administrator of the Western Wall and the Holy Places.Torah scroll to the Western Wall plaza.

Women of the Wall seeks to read from the Torah for their monthly prayer services, as well as to allow girls to have their bat mitzva ceremonies at the Western Wall and for them to read from the Torah in the women’s section.

“No Israeli prime minister has the right to take away Torah from half of all Jews. It is our hope that Netanyahu will not ban women from reading Torah. However, if he does bend to the pressure of the haredi parties, Women of the Wall will continue to read Torah in the women’s section of the Kotel. Even if we must hide our Torah scroll and smuggle it past the guards, we will do so just as Jews have been forced to do so many times before us in exile,” the organization stated.

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