Attorney General to Rabinowitz: This Hanukkah, No Discrimination of Women at the Kotel
On November 30, 2015 the Attorney Generalâ€™s office wrote a letter to Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, administrator of the Western Wall and Holy Places, in response to Women of the Wallâ€™s campaign. The bottom line: the Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony he has conducted until now constitutes discrimination and a violation of the commitments of the governmentâ€™s report on the exclusion of women in the public sphere. In the closing of her unprecedented letter, Assistant Attorney General Dana Zilber writes, "Preventing women from participating in national ceremonies is wrongful discrimination and we request that [Rabinowitz] ensure this fact is not taken for granted and that steps are being taken to include women in the national candle-lighting ceremony on this coming Hanukkah at the Western Wall." Zilber requested that the AGâ€™s office receive a list of all those expected to participate in the ceremony this year, to assist with the enforcement of the decision on the matter.
Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall Chair: â€œIt is almost graphic how Women of the Wall were the match that ignited the flame on the first candle to ever be lit by a woman at the national Hanukkah ceremony at the Kotel. Whatever woman is chosen for this great honor, she is standing on the shoulders of Women of the Wall who struggled for 27 years to achieve freedom for women at the Western Wall. It is clear to me that one candle dispel a whole lot of darkness but no amount of darkness can extinguish that candle.â€
Our work is not done yet. We must keep up the pressure! Help us keep up this fight: IT'S MY RIGHT TO LIGHT!!!
*Take a photo of yourself lighting your Hanukkah candles and post it on Facebook and Twitter. Tag Women of the Wall and Prime Minister Netanyahu to tell him it's your right to light!