Take A Stand!
The images of Anat Hoffman being led away from the Western Wall are being profoundly misrepresented in the media. Every time Women of the Wall appear in the news, they are presented in the media as a handful of extremist, fanatical and crazy women who are ‘yet again’ provoking a disturbance.
Women of the Wall do not stand alone.
Our daughters and our rabbis, our mothers and our grandmothers, our cantors, our teachers, men and women alike, hold the Torah, read from the Torah, and study the Torah. The sounds of the Women of the Wall do not echo against a silent universe. As they pray, we pray, as they sing, we sing, as they chant, we chant. Daily and weekly, holiday and Shabbat, the voices of millions of women and girls in prayer resound in our synagogues. We pray without disturbance, without fear. Only in Jerusalem do they pray with fear and as criminals.
Let us not limit the image of a woman with a Torah to mug shots and provocative paparazzi photographs in times of crisis! Let us not allow Women of the Wall to stand alone in the struggle to pray and read from the Torah safely and rightfully.
The days and weeks between the 9th of Av and Simchat Torah will be a period of giving testimony of women’s participation in prayer, and especially the Torah. We will inundate the Israeli government and religious leaders with 10,000 images of women teaching, study, learning, reading, embracing Torah Scrolls.
Take this opportunity to send a letter to Israeli government and religious leaders, with a personal statement of your support.
Send pictures of yourself and women from your community with Torah scrolls to Israeli representatives and decision makers. Turn to your family, congregations, community centers, synagogues and any other places where Jews gather and Torah scrolls are stored, and invite women to hold a Torah scroll, saying the following blessing:
“פתח ליבי בתורתך. ברכו שעשני אישה
P’tach libi b’toratecha, Barchu she asni isha
Open my heart to your Torah.
Blessed is the one who made me a woman.”
Click here to upload a picture and email a letter of support addressed to:
● Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
● Reuven Rivlin, Speaker of the Knesset
● Tzipi Livni, Head of Kadima and leader of the opposition
● Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency
● Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites
Sign your name and share this opportunity to stand alongside Women of Wall with friends, family and community members.
Thank you for your time and support.