LETTERS
Religious roles

IN reply to Howard Sherringtonís letter, we are no longer living in the 18th century.

Women have different roles now ó many of them in Jewish religious life. They donít just light Shabbat candles and cook for Shabbat!

We live where women take a very prominent position in religious life.

The part of the Western Wall that is called egalitarian is very important. We have just celebrated the barmitzvah of a cousin from America there.

My family in America are part of a Conservative congregation whose rabbi brought all the batmitzvah girls and barmitzvah boys to Israel to celebrate. They all read from the Torah and gave inspiring speeches.

This was their introduction to the Land of Israel. Maybe eventually some may come to live here.

The main part of the Wall is not very inviting for these people, but they want to maintain their Judaism and take part in Jewish life. May they be able to celebrate there for many years to come!

Shelley Bloom,
Elazar,
Israel.

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