This evening, the Women Of the Wall declared a “sit-in” at the Holy Western Wall. “By organizing a sit-in at the Kotel, Women of the Wall demonstrate what Anat Hoffman has been saying for year — that WOW views the Kotel as an opportunity, and lacks reverence for the place held sacred by millions of Jews around the world,” noted Leah Aharoni, co-founder of Women For the Wall.
There are women who are not obsessed with having to act like men – wearing a tallit and reading from the Torah – because they know their own worth. They appreciate what it means to be a Jewish woman according to Jewish laws and traditions. They know that freely fulfilling the passionate inclinations of the heart can lead to obsessions, addictions and heartbreak.
The more articles and Op-Eds I read, the more incensed I became. I wondered, how can anyone think that I was a mindless follower? That all the wonderful, traditional, religious women I interact with daily and have known throughout my life are subjugated, almost as if they are suffering from a collective, worldwide Stockholm Syndrome that has spanned millennia? I have always thought of myself and my peers as intelligent, educated people. Every choice I have made for myself and my family has been made consciously, with my full heart.