On Yom Kippur Day the women of Kol Ami took pictures with Torah scrolls to be part of the Women of the Wall Campaign to flood Israeli leadership with women holding scrolls. If you want to add your picture to the campaign visit the Women of the Wall website. (or make a donation!)
Of course Anat Hoffman was arrested on Rosh Chodesh Elul for doing just that as she walked away from the wall. And now this. The article in Haaretz yesterday documenting the call for Anat’s prosecution.
But The article gets it wrong. It calls the events this summer a near brawl. There was no brawl. Just peaceful men and women singing and carrying the Torah lovingly to read it. The only problem was the police who tried to wrestle the scroll from Anat’s arms.
The article says the police asked her not to carry the Torah. They did not. I was standing next to Anat for the entire service and then as she carried the Torah I was perhaps 5 paces behind her. They didn’t ask at all. They hustled her, separated her from the group by surrounding her and grabbed at her and the Torah scroll to try to take it away. The only requests that ever came from the Jerusalem police that morning was to pray quietly and as the group was getting larger to move back towards the back of the women’s section.
The Chief Rabbi of the wall ought to be ashamed of himself. Rabinowitz is an affront to the title of rabbi. Rabbi means teacher. He is teaching hatred and disdain for Judaism and Torah rather than teaching about the Shekinah’s embrace.
Time for Israel’s political leadership to get some spiritual strength to stand up to these rabbinic buffoons like Rabinowitz that are so full of themselves there is no room for Jews who want to read Torah. Sad.