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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 

Haredis who cause a ruckus over women with Torah scroll at Western Wall are not blameless

The Women of the Wall may have been pulling a provocation by getting a Torah scroll passed over to the women's section of the Western Wall, but that's still no excuse for any violence the Haredi worshipers might've caused:
Members of the radical Women of the Wall group created a provocation at the Western Wall Monday, when they brought a Torah scroll into the women's section of the Kotel Plaza, read from it and held it high, in contravention of custom.

The provocation caused men to cross over from the men's section into the women's section in order to try and retrieve the Torah scroll. Police intervened in the ensuing scuffle.
I wonder why INN doesn't identify the perpetrators? Something tells me non-Haredis would just implore them to put the scroll back in the men's section.

As for provocation? Sure, but what's atrocious is that the Haredis fell for it. For the thousandth time, they really do want to draw the attention they'd be better off without.
Kotel Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich said Monday that the Women of the Wall group “has made another tear in the delicate fabric of the Kotel.”

"The Torah scroll was handed over the partition in a way that demeaned it, he said. “This is a provocative act whose sole purpose is to 'set the Kotel on fire' – and indeed they succeeded in arousing the anger of the worshipers. It was only thanks to the hard work of the police and Kotel attendants that blood was not actually spilled.”
Once more, this muddled man vehemently refuses to condemn anyone, Haredi or otherwise, who'd commit violence over otherwise petty issues. Nor does he advise them to just ignore it and get the scroll back later. And to let God have the last word in passing judgement upon them. But no, they just have to play "moralist". One of the commentors said:
So just to get this clear- the people who actually threatened the violence are blameless? We don't expect anything more of them, is that it? I had no idea Rabinovich had such a low opinion of charedim.
Neither did I. That's why sooner or later, Rabinovitch must be held accountable.

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