Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fairness? Not Here

A rainy day at the Western Wall last week.

Space inequity at the Western Wall

Note the size of the men’s and women’s sections, respectively.

Also, note that the men’s section looks pretty sparsely populated. This is because there is a great deal of indoor space, directly facing the Western Wall, just to the left of the men’s section, where the men can take shelter from the sun and rain and still be able to touch the Wall. The only indoor space for women that faces the Wall directly is a tiny room up a flight of stairs on the right-hand side. Which is why the women are exposed to the elements all year round in the small outdoor space allotted to them.

By the way, the divider between the men’s and women’s sections was recently bolted into place so that it cannot be shifted.

To the best of my knowledge, nothing in Jewish law mandates this inequity.

Sound fair?

I didn’t think so.

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