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Thursday, October 03, 2013 

Western Wall rabbi finally comes to senses

At least it looks that way. He appears to realize there's no need to give Women of the Wall free publicity:
Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz finally has come to his senses and has requested that Haredi girls not fill the women’s section of the Kotel plaza the next time the Women of the Wall arrive to pray, perhaps on Friday.

“When Jews fight with each other at the Western Wall, there is no greater desecration of God’s name,” a statement from his office read. [...]

Following raucous protests from the men’s section, whistles, catcalls and even chair-throwing, Rabbi Rabinowitz has concluded, although very belatedly, that a “provocation” could upset the “sensitive security situation at the Temple Mount, which is now at its zenith.”
Does this mean he recognizes that the Islamofascism atop the Temple Mount is of much greater concern than a bunch of women who didn't resort to violence? Or, is he afraid of "provoking" the Muslims? I think if the latter is his worry, that's where he fouls up badly, proving his thinking is very poor.

The real reason why not to waste so much energy on WotW is because it only provides the MSM with a perfect excuse to divert attention from more pressing issues like Islamic jihad, and even if just a small portion of Haredis were acting up, that's the last thing even they need, and I'd think they know it. If nobody gave a damn for a decade since the WotW were first founded, then they shouldn't be resorting to superstitious attitudes even now.

For now, the wisest advice is to take their dislike for WotW and bury it. So long as they continue, it'll only give Haredis a bad image they could do without.

Update: this article says:
Shmuel Rabinowitz, the chief rabbi of the Western Wall, issued a letter on Thursday saying he had called on the ultra-Orthodox leadership not to organize protests at the site for Friday’s scheduled Rosh Hodesh prayer service by the Women of the Wall.

The Jerusalem Post understands, however, that a decision was already made earlier this week within the United Torah Judaism party not to arrange any demonstrations.

[...] In the statement, Rabinowitz described WoW’s prayer service as a “provocation” and said that the group was continuing with its actions “despite the solution provided by [Religious Services] Minister Naftali Bennett at Robinson’s Arch,” and thus was continuing with the “voices of argument at the Western Wall.”
If they really are provocateurs, then I'd think the last thing they'd want to do is draw attention to them. Rabinowitz would do well to follow that advice.

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