Skip to comments.Women of The Wall, Silverman's Sister Arrested at Kotel
Posted on 02/12/2013 4:02:58 PM PST by Former Fetus
Ten women participating in a women's prayer service at the Western Wall were arrested for wearing prayer shawls.
Among those arrested Monday morning as they prayed with hundreds of worshipers and supporters were Israeli-American Rabbi Susan Silverman, sister of the comedian Sarah Silverman, and her 17-year-old daughter, Hallel Abramovitz; Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of the Women of the Wall, who has been arrested several times in recent months; and two U.S. rabbis, Debra Cantor of B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom in Bloomfield, Conn., and Robin Fryer Bodzin of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in New York City.
The women had gathered at the back of the women's section, as they have at the beginning of every new Jewish month since 1988, for rosh chodesh services for the new Jewish month of Adar. It was the largest number of participants for the monthly event since its inception, organizers told Israeli media.
The women were joined on the other side of the mechitzah, the barrier that separates the sexes at the Wall, by a number of male supporters, including six former Israel Defense Forces paratroopers who had been among those that liberated the Western Wall during the Six-Day War in 1967.
One of the paratroopers was Dr. Yitzhak Yifat of Jerusalem, who was part of the iconic photograph of three soldiers standing at the Western Wall shortly after its liberation. Yifat is the middle paratrooper in the photo by David Rubinger.
The arrests reportedly were made at the end of service, after most of the participants and media had left the Western Wall Plaza. Police had stood on the sidelines as the women prayed and danced in a circle holding their prayer shawls, according to Haaretz.
The women's prayer group moved its Torah reading from the Wall to outside the Old City of Jerusalem Police Department, where the arrested women were taken.
Following the arrest, Sarah Silverman tweeted: "SO proud of my amazing sister @rabbisusan & niece@purplelettuce95 for their ballsout civil disobedience. Ur the tits!#womenofthewall" Silverman's niece responded:"@SarahKSilverman hey auntie, want a copy of my mugshot?"
In 2003, Israel's Supreme Court upheld a government ban on women wearing tefillin or tallit prayer shawls, or reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall.
Women participating in the rosh chodesh service have been arrested nearly every month since June for wearing prayer shawls or for "disturbing public order."
In another article in the Times of Israel the paratroopers are quoted as saying that they "liberated the Old City of Jerusalem so that all people would be free to pray there, not only the ultra-Orthodox". It makes sense to me.
I don’t understand. I thought women were suppose to wear a scarf over their head when praying at the wall.
If Sarah Silverman supports it, its probably blasphemous and wrong
I thought they’d invaded the men’s side or something - but they wore prayer shawls?
Is it because prayer shawls are “a garment pertaining to a man” or because they are usurping a male prayer function?
And why is ultra-Orthodox custom writing the law at the Wall, as you ask.
Sarah Silverman = More famous, less funny version of Sandra Fluke.
The Shawlshank Redemption
.. and “Saving Sarah Silverman’s Sister”
Tallit to the judge.
... or is she like the tefillin Don, and will get off scot-free?
You’d think there would be a sunrise/sunset clause covering this sort of thing.
Why does anyone think she is funny?
You’re the funniest man on this thread!
Okay, on a more serious note, a question:
“The women had gathered at the back of the women’s section, as they have at the beginning of every new Jewish month since 1988, for rosh chodesh services...”
“In 2003, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a government ban on women wearing tefillin or tallit prayer shawls, or reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall.”
“Women participating in the rosh chodesh service have been arrested nearly every month since June for wearing prayer shawls or for “disturbing public order.”
From 1988 to 2003, the women have gathered and there was no law they broke.
From 2003 to 2013, there was a law, but they didn’t break it. Or else it wasn’t enforced.
From June, 2012, to February, 2013, there was a law and it was at least minimally enforced, perhaps with a fine.
In February, 2013, Obama announced his intention to visit Israel, and the issue suddenly became a human-rights story with at least two media figures (sister of c-list celebrity and soldier in presumably iconic photo).
Hmmm. Democratic spinmeisters feeling bored?
Obama need some political prisoners to facilitate the release of?
I’m totally serious.
Remember those Current TV “reporters” “detained” by Norht Korea and released after Bill Clinton’s personal, “heroic” intervention?
And the theory that Benghazi was a botched kidnapping attempt to give O a boost during the election?
Jeez. If at first, you don’t succeed, eh, Dems?
Isn’t she a D-lister at best?
One last question:
What are they trying to accomplish?
Are they trying to change the Orthodox religion? They must know that is not going to happen. Five thousand years of tradition. That can’t be it.
So, are they trying to affect Israel’s government in some way? How?
By painting them as enemies of human rights?
Who would this benefit?
The Palestinians, perhaps? [Isreali women are already ruled out, as noted above.] The Democrats? Obama?
Nice rack, though. I’m glad they distributed that in order to sway our sympathies her way.
Maybe they just want Reformed or other liberal Jewish women to be able to pray as they see fit.
The Orthodox men can pray as they see fit - and they don’t even have to look at women in prayer shawls. The Orthodox women can pray as they see fit but they do have to see women in prayer shawls.
Fair enough. That’s a reasonable answer to my question, that hadn’t occurred to me.
But then it raises another question:
If Catholic women wanted to attend Mass before the Pope in bikinis or hot pants, would it be a matter of just giving them the right to be able as they see fit to allow them to do so?
I admit this doesn’t seem to me to be on the same level as the case of the women wearing prayer shawls -— but, if it offends the orthodox just as much as this scenario would offend the Pope, is it not a valid comparison?
I agree. She is a pig.