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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 

Western Wall manager has problem with Bat Mitzvah ads

Shmuel Rabinowitz is making a fuss over Women of the Wall's advertisements:
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Supervisor of the Western Wall and Israel's Holy Sites, said he was saddened by the recent advertising campaign launched by the Women of the Wall prayer rights group, promoting girls’ Bat Mitzvah ceremonies at the site on Jerusalem buses.

Rabinowitz said the campaign, which includes ads bearing the pictures of various girls who wish to have a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall, “fanned the flames of dispute” and called it “irresponsible.”

“The issue of the Women of the Wall is complex, and is under discussion even now within the committee that the prime minister established and by the cabinet secretary,” said Rabinowitz.

“Great efforts are being made to resolve this complicated problem, and I have faith that a solution will indeed be found, but this needs to be done with caution and responsibility, which is how the prime minister, the Chairman of the Jewish Agency, and many others have behaved,” he continued.

“I am saddened that there are people who want to fan the flames of argument, and to employ bullying media tactics, as the Women of the Wall have done to our regret in recent days,” through an irresponsible campaign whose goal is to prevent an arrangement that is acceptable to all sides.”
Well if that's how he feels, then I wonder why he's gone to all that trouble to say so. He's just trying to skirt around the issue, any discussion by committee notwithstanding, and if he hasn't said it's got something to do with disdain for Reform customs, then he's tripped himself up further. This was the same man who took visits to the city zoo on Holocaust Memorial Day, and he expects anyone to take him seriously? Please. No matter what I think of WotW - to say nothing of their taking funds from NIF - Rabinowitz is just as guilty, and why wouldn't I be surprised if he was also willing to take funds from NIF?

Interesting he hasn't commented on vandalism of the ads by Haredi extremists. Such disrespect for free speech and the opposite sex is only going to play into the hands of the leftists he shares a bit in common with. But then, I guess that's the whole idea, isn't it?

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