JTA: At Western Wall, showdown between two women’s groups

The biggest group on hand that morning was a crowd of some 5,000 to 7,000 young women standing silently in the women’s prayer area, far from the brouhaha and inaudible and invisible from where Women of the Wall were praying. Filling the women’s section and spilling out into the wider plaza, the girls each prayed on their own. When they were done, they left without raising their voices.

“Our goal is to give voice to the hundreds of thousands of women who call the Kotel their spiritual home,” said Leah Aharoni, a founder of the group, called Women for the Wall, which helped organize the Orthodox women’s prayer. “They have a voice. They’re not subjugated, ignorant women.”

The article is imperfect. We are not there to “block” anyone, and we were the “primary catalyst” that engaged the leaders who endorsed our efforts. And we certainly don’t agree that we are “opposed to the expansion of women’s rights at the Kotel,” because in our view, that’s not what the WOW favors.

But the media isn’t describing this as “women vs. the rabbis” anymore, but “women vs. women” — as it has, in truth, always been.

Please read the full article at the Forward (or JTA).