Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Girls should not go to the Kotel Shavuos night for tznius reasons
We have been asked by the Gedolei Yisrael to publicize the following in their name:
כה תאמר לבית יעקב ותגיד לבני ישראל
Yisrael are holy and many go to the Kotel on Shavuos night, especially to daven at vasikin.
Since the route to the Kotel is through narrow streets and alleys, it creates a serious mixture (men and women) and the pitfalls are many until the bad outweighs the good.
Therefore we are calling on the girls who are pious and holy not to go to the kotel on Shavuos until 10AM on Shavuos morning.
(Those who must go should go through the Jaffa gate).
The route using the Nablus gate is for men only
It ir preferable that boys do not go by themselves but rather should be accompanied by an adult because of off the derech kids and other people who are hanging around.
The rest discusses the separation of the sexes at the Kotel.
The big question is going to be what happens to girls/women who decide to go tonight and go through שער שכם (probably not even knowing about this)? Are they going to be harrassed/attacked? Is this going to create another big controversy?