Jews have been in Jerusalem since the time of the Bible. In fact at certain times there has been no separation between the sexes. In Israel since the only State recognized Judaism is Orthodox, women are not allowed to read Torah at the Kotel, wear a tallit, (unless it looks like a shawl) and pray like the men are allowed to pray.
|Hotel between 1900-1920, Men and Women together|
This Sunday at Lakeside we will be discussing Women of the Wall and here is there mission statement:
As Women of the Wall, our central mission is to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall.Over the past few years the arguments and legalities around the Kotel have intensified with regards to letting women pray at the Kotel. There are many other political issues as well regarding the Temple mount but we will be focusing on the Women of the Wall. I hope that you can join on us this Sunday, December 7 at 10:30 am for a good discussion on this lively topic.
From the song: Jerusalem of Gold by Naomi Shemir:
And the scent of pines
Is carried on the breeze of twilight
With the sound of bells.
And in the slumber of tree and stone
Captured in her dream
The city that sits solitary
And in its midst is a wall.
Jerusalem of gold, and of bronze, and of light
Behold I am a violin for all your songs.