Women denied equal access to Western Wal

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Registered: 03-23-2003
Women denied equal access to Western Wal
Mon, 04-07-2003 - 7:04pm
Interesting...why is it so many faiths seem to be so afraid of women? Because, to me, that's all it can be - fear.



JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling yesterday, rejected an attempt by a Jewish women's group to gain equal access to the Western Wall, a site visited by millions of Jews from around the world.

The decision comes after a 14-year campaign by Women of The Wall, a group founded in 1989 by U.S. and Israeli women who were harassed after trying to pray at the Western Wall. The wall is the only remaining section of the temple destroyed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago.

Currently, women are restricted to a women's section of the Western Wall, where they cannot pray aloud, read from the Torah or wear a prayer shawl. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders say only men are allowed to perform such rituals.

The judges said that allowing the women to pray there would be a danger to public safety.

Instead, the nine-member panel said that within 12 months the government should provide an alternative place for the women to pray at a place called Robinson's Arch, near the wall. If the site isn't ready in 12 months, then the government will have to permit women to pray at the Western Wall.

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Tue, 04-08-2003 - 2:45pm
It suits male dominated religions to maintain the power. Many still segregate the congregations in places of worship, in this country, in this day & age.

I was told once women are too emotional to become priests. I almost burst a blood vessel.



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Registered: 03-23-2003
Tue, 04-08-2003 - 5:29pm
I've heard that too...as well as how some consider women to be 'unclean' and therefore not suitable for the clergy!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:08am
Yes the Buddhist monks in Thailand consider women unclean and I was told I could be prosecuted if I touched one. It is nice that the monks there wear orange robes--or else I would have been too paranoid to enjoy my stay!