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To hear from Nofrat Frenkel's own mouth the mocking she received from
the Israeli police, while holding a Torah... To imagine her being
shoved while holding the Torah... She is, after all, not so tall, not
loud - she travels from Be'er Sheva at 4am every rosh chodesh to get
to the Kotel with Women of the Wall - and to be treated with

We've been mocked before, while holding the Torah. How can we be
doing the mocking ourselves? How dare we let this continue! This
Rosh Chodesh Adar, I pray hundreds of women with tallit converge and
reclaim the Kotel for all Jews. There were 42 women that November
dayN many of whom were wearing tallit - Nofrat was pulled aside for
holding the Torah. May the distinction of holding Torah be a point of
dignity and pride for Jewish Women and Men, at the Kotel and
everywhere else.

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Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
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