muse: n. a source of inspiration

Haredim dub women Western Wall worshippers ‘Nazis’ – Haaretz – Israel News

Haredim dub women Western Wall worshippers ‘Nazis’ – Haaretz – Israel News.

A mother’s morning:

gChat with daughter #2 living in Israel and studying at HUC:

me: are you there?

daughter: Yes, I am.

I didn’t get arrested, that’s a good thing.


me: i know – how did it go?

daughter: It was kind of frightening…there were a few guards who kept telling us to zip our coats over our tallitot. And we didn’t…and then the Haredi men who were there yelled at us during the entire walk from the women’s section to Robinson’s Arch. “You are Nazis…you killed the 6 million Jews…you’re ruining Judaism”

A few spit at us over the railing…

Men yelled at us during the entire first part of the service “Gevalt….gevalt”

me: OMG. Blog it.

daughter: Then a few women came in and also yelled at us. I decided not to wrap tefillin inside the women’s section. They would have just taken me away within a minute of putting it on. It was quite the experience. I have to get ready for services but I’ll call you later. Love you!

me: love you back

Oy. Here you go – I’m feeling this poignant mixture of pride for my feminist-daughter, fear for her safety, and sadness for my own people – that, in the midst of everything else that goes on we can’t even agree among ourselves.

As we light the last Hanukkah candles, may we pray for religious freedom. For all.

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December 18, 2009 - Posted by | Israel | , ,

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