Rosh Chodesh Elul at the Kosel saw hundreds of Orthodox women gathered for tefillos while the Reform-backed Women of the Wall were relegated to a place further back in the plaza.
The women arrived at the Kosel from all over the city at 6:30 a.m.
“This is the fourth month in a row that we declare to the Reform movement and the entire world that we will not give in on preserving the sanctity of the holy site,” said Yossi Deutsch, one of the organizers of the event.
Deutsch noted that the number of Women of the Wall participants was “dwindling from one month to the next” which “confirms the sense that it is a tiny fringe group, with nothing behind it other than the desire to offend the sensitivies of the Jewish people everywhere.”
“We all davened here today that the travails of the past year should be over, and that the terrible chillul Hashem should cease, and that we should merit the ultimate redemption, peace and tranquility.”