Women of the Wall (WoW) arrived at the Kosel for the Rosh Chodesh Bat Mitzvah event as promised. Thousands of dati leumi youths and high school students responded to the call and were on hand as well. A large minyan of hundreds of men took place, using a loudspeaker to daven and thereby offsetting the impact of the women. Many dati leumi females were also on hand to protest against the provocative nature of the WoW actions.
HaRav Shmuel Eliyahu, HaRav Shlomo HaKohen Aviner and HaRav Chaim Druckman last week called on their tzibur to respond to the planned event sponsored by WoW, and respond they did. In fact, over recent months the dati leumi torani community has filled in as the number of chareidim turning out monthly is on the steady downswing, as was evident on Rosh Chodesh Adar. In fact, buses were provided from Jerusalem, Bat Yam, Petach Tikvah, Ra’anana, Rehovot, Sderot, Kiryat Aba, Dimona and other cities to bring people to the Kosel, reflecting a serious undertaking by the dati leumi community.
The rosh chodesh event comes as the High Court of Justice contemplates a number of petitions dealing with the egalitarian area, the Kosel and who supervises these areas. In would appear that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is stalling, hoping the High Court will announce its decision and compel his hand rather than deciding and having to face the wrath of either the chareidim or the Reform Movement and its prominent donors. As was the case with Amona, the Prime Minister explained his hands are tied and he is simply complying with the ruling of the court.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)