- I do not deny that some of the Women of the Wall (WoW) have a political agenda, but we don’t usually question motivations (else we also need to ask for example why someone does a bar mitzva at the kotel). Without the politics, WoW praying would be a non-issue: "on a day that was not Rosh Hodesh, without the tension and threat of police, we were able to pray in peace" (Our quiet prayer at the Kotel).
- Which of your "rights" is violated when someone else puts on a tallit? Why does it influence one person’s prayer at the kotel if another person prays in a different way? There is no "right" that all others around you behave the way you want them to. WoW are not trying to get men into the women’s section (violating the "right" to pray gender-separated) or trying to get all other women to wear tallitot (that would be imposing religious practices on others). If they did, of course, that would be different.
- The obligation is on men not to listen to women singing (same as with looking, women should cover, but even if they don’t, men are obligated not to look). In case of WoW this is very easy, don’t go to the kotel when they are there. One hour a month (early in the morning)!
- WoW is not about egalitarian prayer (i.e., men and women together, without separation). It is a women’s group that includes orthodox women who do not want to pray together with men. For these women, the Sharansky plan to create an egalitarian space at the wall is not a solution (Redefining Rebbetzin: Leaping forward or left in the dust).
- "the greatest thing about WoW is that now everyone knows when and what Rosh Chodesh is!" 🙂 (Comment by Yonaton Behar, May 11 at 12:53pm)
I hope this issue can be solved without another clash like last week. It is unworthy of the holiness of the place and it helps no-one, not WoW and not the datiim (religious).