On Rosh Hodesh Adar 2013, I was arrested for praying at the Kotel. The happiness of Adar was marred by this event. The arrests of women for praying while female continued and I was arrested again two months later
But our sadness that Adar turned to joy when Judge Sobel affirmed that women have the right to pray at the Kotel with Tallit, tefillin, out loud, and with a Sefer Torah.
The haredi reaction to this ruling was immediate and exceedingly violent. […]
Fast forward four years, and on this Rosh Hodesh Adar, we will be facing a planned haredi protest – read riot – because the more we push for women’s rights, the harder the push back.
… So now, instead of singing “Mishe Nichnas Adar marbim b’simcha” on what is supposed to be the happiest Rosh Hodesh of the year in the month that celebrates a Jewish woman’s heroism, we are facing an unholy group of haredi men and women who believe that any action is justified if it means stopping WoW and other liberal Jews from gaining any foothold of recognition in Israel. This Rosh Hodesh will be very sad.