Pluralism Be Gone: Leaning Right At the Western Wall

Abby Zimet


Israeli police have recommended pressing charges - the felony of "gravely obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duties" - against the leader of Women of the Wall,
which for 20 years has fought for the right of women to read from the
Torah at the Western Wall. Anat Hoffman, a 56-year-old mother of three,
was arrested this summer after a scuffle when she tried walking with
a Torah at the site. The rabbi in charge of the Wall said this was
"provocation," which shows what century he inhabits. The group is urging
women around the world to send pictures of these provocative creatures holding the holy Torah.

"We've been doing this for 22 years...What has changed is not us. What changed is the powers that
be - the power of the state behind the most fanatic Orthodoxy," said Hoffman.

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