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Women-Haters of the Wall

If a woman wants to wear a man’s spiritual garments, that’s her decision. The important thing is that she doesn’t push her views on the rest of the world...


I’m so disgusted by the circus going on at the Kotel, the holiest site on earth. Misguided women are prancing around in tallit and tefillin, demanding the freedom to express their religious rights. This is total hogwash. At the same time, they’re robbing traditional women of their right to pray at the Kotel.
These so-called enlightened “Women of the Wall” feel that they are fighting for religious and spiritual equality. I think they’re way off base. Who chose them to be the mouthpiece and spokespersons of the entire population of Jewish women? I sure didn’t! Did you?
Don’t misunderstand me - I’m not upset about their desire to wear tallit and tefillin. Clearly, anyone that knows a bit of Torah understands that this is a man’s mitzvah - people who think they can prove otherwise are fooling themselves and are basically claiming one of two things: either the Torah is flawed and should have been written like the U.S. Constitution, giving equal freedom of expression to all (except black slaves and Native Indians), or they think they are wiser than the Sages who used their brilliance to bring the wisdom of the Torah to the masses.
If a woman wants to wear a man’s spiritual garments, that’s her decision. The important thing is that she doesn’t push her views on the rest of the world. Many people see through these women’s shenanigans. They know that these women are looking for attention and trying to make waves against the Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis and traditional Judaism in general.
I honestly don’t know if they really believe they’re fighting for a cause- the freedom to express our Judaism as we see fit. How can they think such a thing? If they really were fighting for all women’s freedom of religious expression, how can they condemn the women that choose to express their Judaism in a traditional way? And, for argument’s sake, let’s say (G-d forbid) they won their battle. Would they really think their mission has been accomplished? Or is this just the first step in a series of attempts to destroy everything that stands for traditional and observant Judaism?
At first, I thought to myself, “These women are just man-haters and religion-haters.” Then, the more I thought about it, I realized that they aren’t man-haters; they’re woman-haters! In my article titled, “The Anti-Feminist Feminist”, I discussed the fact that modern feminism is actually an attempt to turn women into men. These days, many women dress like men, they do the same jobs men do, and they even act socially like men.
These women suffer from a severe misunderstanding of what real feminism is. Real feminism is about using your talents, capabilities, and spiritual gifts to be the most incredible woman you can be. It’s not about denying your womanhood and trying to prove that you can function as a man!
The Woman-Haters of the Wall are completely fooling themselves. They think they’re fighting a battle against traditional Judaism and archaic views and practices. What they’re really doing is fighting a battle against G-d Himself.
And I think that at the essence of this fight lies one thing - lack of emuna. What these women are doing is screaming at G-d: “G-d! Why did You make me a woman?! Why didn’t You give me the same life you gave to men? Why did You put me in a more submissive role? I don’t want what You gave me, G-d! I know better than You! I’m going to prove to the world that Your wisdom is lacking! Women deserve to choose who they want to be!”
If these women would have taken the time to understand Judaism instead of bashing it, they would have seen that women, in reality, are the dominant ones. It’s just not as obvious to the non-practicing Jew. The Torah gives women full control over the family, over finances, over all spiritual matters. The woman is literally the head of the household.
She is the one who manifests all of the spiritual efforts her husband makes through his prayers and Torah learning. When blessings and abundance are bestowed upon her family, it’s largely because of her. Her husband and children will reach their potentials because of her efforts and self-sacrifice.
Sure, it’s not easy to be a woman. It’s anything but glamorous, at least most of the time. These misguided women would be much happier if they worked on their emuna and made the most with what G-d gave them. Instead, they’re trying to throw away G-d’s gifts in favor of replacing them with a man’s life.
Here’s a poem I wrote to sum things up…Hope you enjoy it!

“Wailing Women of the Wall”

Wailing Women of the Wall
You’re headed for a great big fall
You think you’re enlightened
But others you frighten
With your phylacteries and prayer shawl
At the holiest place on earth
You dare make waves
By demanding equal religious rights
You act like you’re slaves
To modern feminist views
Of what’s right and what’s wrong
To live like a man
Is what makes you feel strong
You think that you’re fighting
For freedom from oppression
You don’t understand
What you have in your possession
Two gifts you were given
From G-d Himself
The Torah and Womanhood
But you cannot help
Thinking G-d was mistaken
To have made you as a wife
You think you know more
Than the Giver of life
The Torah is perfect
If you’d just take the time
To understand its wisdom
You’ll see it’s Divine
One day, very near
You’ll open your eyes
And it will be clear
That your life was all lies
You lied to yourselves
And to others around you
You thought that your anger
Was not just about you
You wanted to show
Everyone in the world
That you knew the Truth
Better than any religious girl
What fools you will feel like
When the curtain comes down
On you and your lies
You’ll disappear into the ground
Go home, wailing women
With your whinin’ and witchin’
Pray by your own wall
Right there in your kitchen!

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  The women are trying to feel closer to Hashem
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  Beautiful Article!
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  we all need to be who we are!
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  ignorance and lack of understanding
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  Kotel trip 2016
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  Great article.
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  Woman haters of the wall
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  Thee Man is the head of the family
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  Daven for them
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  stop complaining and start guideing & empowering
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  article/poem is mean spirited and wrong!
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  Enough room for all Jews
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  Wisdom is Key
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  We should appreciate who we are
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  Women Haters of the Wall
Talia Kohen1/29/2015 11:24:31 PM
  Idiot does NOT appear in the article and it's not...
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EK11/13/2014 8:57:12 PM
  This is a really unhelpful article
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