The Woman of the Wall will Never Fall

March 27, 2023
Emma Gornstein

Ardsley, New York, USA

Class of 2025

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During my trip to Israel with BBYO Passport, I was given the opportunity to learn about the inspiring story of the Women of the Wall. This group of women is fighting for the right to pray and read from the Torah at the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel, in a way that is traditionally reserved for men.

Growing up in a modern and progressive society, I was shocked to learn that women are still not allowed to pray and participate in religious rituals on equal footing with men in such a holy place. However, the Women of the Wall are determined to challenge this inequality and demand respect for their religious freedom.

Visiting the Western Wall, I was able to see the importance of this fight firsthand when seeing the inequality. Despite facing opposition and even arrest, the Women of the Wall continue to gather each month for prayer and to show their strength in numbers. Their bravery and persistence in the face of adversity is truly inspiring.

As a young woman, seeing other women standing up for their beliefs and fighting for their rights is empowering. The Women of the Wall serve as role models for all of us, showing us the power of perseverance and determination.

Overall, my trip to Israel opened my eyes to the ongoing struggle for religious equality and the inspiring fight of the Women of the Wall. Their story serves as a reminder that we must continue to fight for justice and equality in all aspects of life, including religion.

Emma is a BBG living in Ardsley NY she loves baking!

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