The organization calling itself Women of the Wall has been fighting for decades to permit women to daven at the Kosel while wearing tallis and tefilin. Despite a Supreme Court ruling barring them from doing so, setting aside the area near the Kosel known as Robinson’s Arch for such prayers, the women continue to defy the court ruling every rosh chodesh, when they arrive at the Kosel and are usually detained and/or arrested by police for violating the High Court ban.
President Shimon Peres this week announced that an arrangement should be made by which women wishing to do so may daven at the Kosel while wearing a tallis. Mr. Peres made his remarks to an audience of 200 representatives of NY Federations that were visiting to celebrate Israel’s 65th Independence Day earlier in the week.
“If women wish to daven at the Kosel while wearing a tallis they should be permitted to do so” Mr. Peres exclaimed. “Nowhere in the Torah does it state that women may not wear a tallis. We are not a church or an organization, but a religion and each of us may have a different way to worship G-d. Each man and woman is entitled to daven in the fashion s/he chooses.”
Mr. Peres told the Federation delegation that he recently spoke with Kosel rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, telling the rav “we must find a solution that is acceptable to all.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)