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Thursday, December 18, 2014 

Women of the Wall light candles in women's section of Western Wall

After some lobbying, the group whose credentials are still suspect managed to do this:
Comedian Sarah Silverman made a rare appearance in the middle of a hot political dispute Thursday (Dec. 18) when she attended a Hanukkah menorah lighting alongside a group of Jewish feminists at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site.

It was the first time women have lit the menorah at the site and it came after the rabbi in charge of the Western Wall refused a request from Women of the Wall to station a Hanukkah menorah in the women’s section. [...]

Anat Hoffman, the leader of Women of the Wall, a prayer group that has advocated for greater equality at the site, said guards at the wall’s entrance initially refused to allow anyone with a menorah onto the plaza.

Later, the group called the police and was allowed to enter.

[...] Women of the Wall is asking Jewish women around the world to take a photo of themselves lighting a Hanukkah menorah, upload it and send it to Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the wall’s administrator, “to show him that women light candles all over the world.”
I sometimes get the vibe Rabinowitz is actually helping them deliberately. If he hadn't kept acting so hostile to non-Orthodox customs, WotW would still be marginal. The man is a total embarrassment, and doesn't deserve his position.

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