In response to a petition by the Women of the Wall (WoW) organization to the High Court of Justice on Monday, 24 Cheshvan, the court issued a temporary order against Israel Police, Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Shlita, and the Kosel Heritage Foundation, compelling them to respond within 30 days to the following:
- Why should they not guarantee the right of these women to daven in the ezras noshim of the northern Kosel without disturbance?
- Why aren’t the necessary actions taken against those who seek to disrupt their prayer services? Why are these provocateurs not distanced from the Kosel when they attempt to create disruptions?
This is the result of the long struggle of Rabbi Rabinowitz, the rav of the Kosel and the holy sites, against various organizations that seek to desecrate the sanctity of the Kosel.
In addition, the High Court of Justice announced again that it is expanding the composition of the judges from three to seven (at least) in a women’s petition and a series of Reform organizations against the state regarding their desire to cancel of the status quo at the Kosel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)