Rosh Chodesh Provocation: Only Ben-Gvir Faces Off Against Women Of The Wall

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Members of the Women of the Wall group showed up at the Kosel on Sunday morning, Rosh Chodesh Teves, to engage in their monthly provocation, openly smuggling a Sefer Torah into the plaza despite the law forbidding it.

Like last month, Reform MK Gilad Kariv and other like-minded politicians did not show up, perhaps due to their meeting with President Isaac Herzog on Wednesday, who has been trying to calm tensions and prevent a confrontation at the Makom Hamikdash. UTJ chairman Moshe Gafni had promised again that if Kariv shows up at the Kosel on Rosh Chodesh Teves, like he did on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, he would block him with his own body.

The only politician who showed up to protest against the group was Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir, who shouted at the women: “Don’t desecrate the Kosel. The Kosel belongs to everyone: secular, traditional, religious and Chareidi. You don’t represent anyone. Get out of here.”

Despite his absence, Kariv sent his blessings to Women of the Wall, writing: “Even without MKs using their immunity, the Women of the Wall continue to remind us all that there is more than one way to be a Jew. They will continue doing so until we implement the Kosel Plan. The incitement of Netanyahu, Deri, and their flatterers, which stems from political motives…won’t stop them.”

In a response to Kariv’s tweet by Israeli right-wing journalist Yinon Magal, he wryly hinted at the fact that the Reform Movement long ago removed all references to Yerushalayim and the Beis Hamikdash from their prayer books, writing: “Gilad, perhaps you’ll decide that the climbing wall in Yarkon Park [in Tel Aviv] is the ‘Kosel’ of the Reform and this will solve the whole problem?”

President Herzog met with representatives of Reform and Conservative groups and Women of the Wall members on Wednesday to discuss the conflicts over the site and the future of the Kosel plan. The meeting was also attended by Kariv, former head of Israel’s Reform Movement, and Blue and White MK Alon Tal.

President Isaac Herzog meets with representatives of the Conservative and Reform movements at his office in Jerusalem on December 1, 2021. (GPO)

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


7 COMMENTS

  1. You reap what you sow.
    This is even much more religion than the original zionists wanted.
    Galus trudges on.
    If we had smartly left the Arabs in charge, they never would have allowed WOW.

  2. What hypocrisy.They deleted references to Yerushalayim from their “prayer” books and now want a place at the kosel? They eat treif, they are mechalelei Shabbos, they trample on the holy Torah and now they want to use it as a tool to further their liberal and Judaism destroying agendas. They are total reshuim.

  3. May I please protest my Israelite designation from birth?
    It’s not my fault that I am not a Cohen!
    Next time there is a chance to act as one – who would know?

    In fact, I suggest that the bold Women of the Wall should pick one of their ranks to act as Kohenes Gedolah and present Ketores in the Kodesh Hakedoshim on Yom Kippur!

    Perhaps they will celebrate the shiva of the failed Coheness as their ancient ancestors, the Zedukim.
    Let’s get them to do it!
    Yehai Shemai Raba!

  4. Why do these Jews who don’t keep Shabbos or mitzvos need to demonstrate their spirituality? They’re 2-faced, just like Bennett who supposedly keeps Shabbos but makes practicing Judaism difficult for Israel’s observant Jews.
    דור עקש ופתלתל.

  5. If it bothers you that they are doing this at the kotel, perhaps stop fighting against the proposals to give them their own space where they won’t be bothering you?