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Egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Several months ago, I joined Women of the Wall (WOW) at the Kotel (the Western Wall) for Rosh Chodesh for the Hebrew month of Adar II, as I do at the beginning of every month. WOW is a feminist organization that fights for the right of women to pray according to their own practice at the Western Wall. That particular Friday morning was WOW’s 30th anniversary, so we knew we would encounter resistance. I awoke full of anxiety and excitement.

If only I’d known what was to come.

Generally, ultra-Orthodox women and girls from certain sects try to drown out our voices as we sing...

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