Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wandering Out Of The Box

In case you didn't notice, the world didn't end on Wednesday afternoon Jerusalem time, when a young woman in jeans and sneakers entered the worship area in front of the Western Wall that is reserved for men. Women are required to stay in a much smaller enclave where, Kathy told me, it was so crowded today that it was hard even to get to the wall to leave a prayer.

As I watched, the man in the photo who's wearing a dark sweater and khakis backed away from the wall, as pious Jews sometimes will, until he walked past the woman and did a noticeable double-take. It's possible someone barked at her in Hebrew, because a moment or two later, she turned toward me with a cheerful smile and made her way back to the 21st century.

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