Women of the Wall: Rosh Chodesh Av

I participated in Women of the Wall's Rosh Chodesh Av service. Here's an attempt to capture what the experience was like for me.

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  1. We were bussed in from a Jerusalem park and escorted through security to a reserved spot on the Western Wall Plaza. Haaretz reported that this was the first time in 25 years Women of the Wall had to pray on the plaza instead of at the wall, but I'm told it's been happening for the last few months (ever since the courts ruled they had a right to be there and Hareidi women responded by flooding the women's section of the wall to keep them away).
  2. (That should read "Many of the...")
  3. It's worth noting that the printing of this siddur was funded by Women of Reform Judaism.