Co-Founder of Women For The Wall to Speak in Lakewood Monday

koselThe following was submitted to TLS by W4W. Women FOR the Wall is at the forefront defending the sanctity of the Kosel from those who want to see its status change. Now for the first time, W4W is coming to Lakewood to set the record straight about what’s happening at the Kosel and what’s at stake for us all.

Yahalom Bais Yaakov High School is presenting Leah Aharoni, co-founder Women For the Wall, on Monday night, February 10th, at a joint fundraising event for the high school and Women FOR the Wall (W4W).

W4W’s efforts are endorsed by respected rabbanim including: HRH”G Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, HRH”G Rav Chaim Kanievsky, HRH”G Rav Aharon Feldman, Rishon L’Tzion HaRav Shlomo Amar, HaRav Yitzchak Berkovits, HaRav Shmuel Eliyahu, HaRav Zev Leff, HaRav Dov Lior, and Rabbi Pesach Lerner.

Women FOR the Wall was organized in response to the group Women of the Wall (WoW) who have been disrupting tefillah at the Kosel every Rosh Chodesh for years. Their non-traditional prayer services seek media attention and provoke response through women donning tefillin and tallisos, blowing shofros, singing loudly and waving signs. Last Rosh Chodesh they attempted to violate the law by smuggling a sefer Torah in a duffel bag into the Kosel plaza for the women to lein.

WoW and Anat Hoffman, spokesperson for Women of the Wall, have been successfully driving a wedge between Israel and American Jews by slandering Israel and Charedim. They state they want to free chareidi women from their oppression. They also claim that Israeli women are treated no differently than the women of Saudi Arabia.

Many believe that the real agenda of Women of the Wall is to bring the Reform pluralistic view of Judaism to Israel, in regard to conversions, weddings, funerals, and the Rabbinate.

Anat Hoffman has said that the Kosel holds no special sanctity to her and believes it should be re-designated as a historic site. Ms. Hoffman is involved with IRAC, the Reform movement’s political group using the Israeli courts to prevent separation on buses in chareidi neighborhoods, Chabad shluchim doing kiruv at Ben Gurion Airport, and other Orthodox outreach efforts.

Can Women FOR the Wall make a difference?

With the support of various Gedolim, and working with the hanhalah of several American seminaries in Israel, for several months Women FOR the Wall arranged for thousands of women and seminary girls to be bused in to the Kosel for Shacharis every Rosh Chodesh. This was the largest gathering of frum women at the Kosel ever, being both a Kiddush Hashem and making a statement for the media.

Women FOR the Wall’s efforts are successfully de-escalating violent reactions at the Kosel, recorded by the media and used to provoke hated against the traditional community. Last Rosh Chodesh, the strongest reactions to WoW’s provocations were only Yeshiva Bucherim blowing bubbles, and of no interest to the media.

WoW recently announced it may accept a government proposal to move their prayer services to the Robinson’s Arch area and leave the traditional Kosel area, if certain conditions are met. Many believe that the efforts of the frum community pushing back, through organizations such as Women FOR the Wall, is putting pressure on WoW to capitulate.

According to Women FOR the Wall, “This is much more than a question of a woman wearing a tallis at the Kosel. This really is a battle for the soul of Klal Yisrael.”

In January W4W’s other founder, Ronit Peskin spoke throughout the Midwest. Leah Aharoni will be speaking in February in NY, NJ, and PA. They are grateful to be hosted by Yaholam Bais Yaakov High School in Lakewood.

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  1. We all know the whole point is to fundraise for this bais yaccov. Nothing more nothing less. It is time for purim ,so lets mask the reason behind this so called news

  2. what in the world has this got to do with lakewood??? whats the importance of this in our town??? is it to give us more to gossip about??? collecting money, that we should be giving to our childrens mosdos for the balance of our reduced tuition???? please tellme who decided that lakewood needs this????

  3. Lakewood needs this because Lakewood stands for kedushas HaTorah and Kedushas Shamayim and therefore when we have the opportunity to show our support for others who are moser nefesh to stand for these same ideals let’s do so…

    You don’t agree with it so don’t come, but really – to put down a worthy organization just trying to make a kiddush Hashem, Lakewood doesn’t need that

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