Israel prohibits female priestly blessing to demand equality in prayer and to the Orthodox monopoly.
What was at stake today in sunny esplanade of the Wailing Wall ( Kotel ), in Jerusalem, was something more than the first priestly blessing by women in the most sacred of judasmo place. The mileposts silently witnessed a more chapter of exciting religious, political and meditico pulse between the rabbinate that manages the shrine and the group of Israelis women (Women of the Wall) that requires equality in prayer and to the Orthodox monopoly .
three months after celebrating the decision histrica the Government of Benjamin Netanyahu to create a set of men and women space, the umbrella group currents judas more reformist and progressive he realized that there is an way to go to reach their goal
the holder may be last chapter. “Women try to officiate the sacred ritual Birkat Cohanim “. On the occasion of the Easter juda ( Passover ), 150 women gathered at the Wailing Wall for morning prayer knowing that it will not be possible to perform the blessing of holy priests, historically reserved for men. Since the legal adviser to the Government, Avichai Mandelblit, forbade the act when considering going “against local customs,” women were limited to read the verses of blessing without lifting your hands or the mantle of prayer in the head, as is usually done.
“ no estbamos in accordance with its decision but we accept it because we did not have time to appeal to the Supreme Court. no we were going to do the ceremony but the police put us several conditions “to seal WORLD spokeswoman Yael Gilboa group. His animated with cnticos prayer transcurri yesterday without incident, except for the angry protest of some young people against what they consider “affront against Tor.”
“The establishment cedi against the ultra-Orthodox. Each time a woman put a tallit on his head against the sky, the police deca him to breach the agreement, “he explains to the Wailing Wall the group’s director, Lesley Sachs.
Rabbi Kotel Shmuel Rabinovich accuses: “a very small group of women wanted to perform the ceremony of Birjat Cohanim , something that was never done in any community provocations. They seek to damage the unity and tradition of Israel. ” “We are celebrating Passover , the feast of our liberation and tradition. Israel has maintained its heritage not for its strength but for its ability to unite around the tradition of their ancestors joining the chain generation after generation” ., adds
Gilboa points more up and not just to heaven. “we do not want friction with the rabbi Kotel the Government order a decent space for all common but time not true. it’s frustrating “.
the decision of the Government to create a joint space on the esplanade israel most visited by tourists and faithful was highly praised by Jews movements reformists and progressives in Israel and U.S. Netanyahu cares much the relationship with the powerful American Jewish community, but even more its political survival . In a coalition supported by only 59 of 120 deputies, sta also depends on the two ultra-Orthodox parties. Shas and Judasmo of Tor oppose giving space to a religious movement that does not recognize.
The remnant of the Second judo Temple destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 may end up being the one that destroyed the Israeli government in 2016 . Netanyahu, an expert in brinkmanship, knows better than anyone.