Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita announced on Sunday that women are prohibited to light Chanukah candles, in line with the psak of the Mechaber. Rav Yosef added that the Reform Movement and the Women of the Wall are destroying Yiddishkeit and one must combat their efforts.
In response, the Women of the Wall (WoW) organization released a message, “The rabbi must ask himself why he feels so threatened by the fact that women light Chanukah candles at the Kosel. Does the rav mean to imply that in every home in which women light Chanukah candles Yiddishkheit is being destroyed? In every municipal event in which women light Chanukah candles Yiddishkheit is being destroyed?
“The rav needs to wake up and understand that the fact is that 50% of the Jewish people takes part in the mitzva of Chanukah, and it is not destroying Yiddishkheit but increasing the light and this is the only way to spread light on Chanukah.
“The time has come for the Chief Rabbi to wake up and begin fulfilling his job description, to faithfully represent the entire Jewish people and not just small parts of it. The rabbi needs to understand that in the 2000s, there is no place for the excluding women anywhere, certainly not the holy place for Jews. WoW will light Chanukah candles at the Kosel this year too, on the third night of Chanukah, and all are invited to participate.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)