Tradition Today: Fringes at the Wall

30.06.2012                      10.Tammus. 5772                      Chukat

Judentum:

Tradition Today: Fringes at the Wall

To prevent women from wearing a tallit – in whatever style – at the Western Wall is absurd.

It is difficult to know whether the recent incident at the Western Wall, when a woman was detained by the police for wearing a “male” tallit (prayer shawl), should be classified as farce or tragedy. When the rabbi in charge of the Wall later complained that the police were wrong because they had detained only that one woman when they should have arrested all 47 women who were wearing tallitot – “male” or “female” – it became clear that there was nothing funny about it….