Monday, December 24, 2012

Why can't women wear talitot at the kotel?

Exactly what do the Haredim fear will happen if women who wear talitot are permitted to pray unmolested at the Kotel?

I've spent the morning trying to work this out, and I've come up empty. Try as I might, I can't see the damage in permitting a woman to wear a talis at the kotel. Maybe you can help? What horrible disaster are the Haredim preventing via such obnoxious, discriminatory, aggressive, semi-violent behavior? It has to be something big to justify such a powerful response, right? So what is it?

Aside: It's like the crazed opposition to gay marriage. No one is saying you have to go out and marry a man. No one is even saying your faith has to recognize such a marriage or that your clergyman has to perform them. So why not just sit quietly and wait for Eliyahu to sort it out?

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