Report: Women of the Wall bring ‘dancer’ to the Kotel

May 9, 2016  

S.P., a resident of the Jewish Quarter who regularly prays at the Kotel (Western Wall), spoke Monday morning to Arutz Sheva about what happened when she visited the Kotel for Rosh Chodesh (new month) morning prayers.

According to her, apart from the usual provocations, the Women of the Wall took to a new type of provocation going against the customary way of prayer at the Kotel.

“They put on tefillin (phylacteries) and wrap themselves in talitim (prayer shawls) – so be it. It is also annoying that they sing loudly, but this morning they took it a step further – there was a dancer at the Kotel,” she says.

S.P. emphasizes that the dancer “was not dressed appropriately for the (Kotel) plaza, it was perhaps appropriate for the beach, and no one can even speak up. The police protect them and no one can say anything.”

At this point, S.P. said she decided to just leave the plaza, “I closed my siddur (prayer book) and went home, it is better to pray at home. Us Jewish Quarter residents do not have the option to pray properly amidst such a situation.”

“Here in Israel we are about to celebrate our independence and sing, ‘lihyot am chofshi beartzeynu’ (to be free in our country), and I ask what is going on here? where will come next? what will follow the dancer?” wondered S.P.

Women of the Wall confirmed that a dancer was present but said she was not related to their group.

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