The women’s Chanukiah

December 16, 2020 by TPS
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The Women of the Wall gathered together at the Kotel on Monday night to light a Chanukiah.

At the centre of the event was a large Chanukiah lit with electric candles. The Women of the Wall started this event to spread awareness of the unequal access to the National Menorah of Israel that is lit on the men’s side of the wall each Chanukah and a chance for women to be part of a Hanukkiah lighting at the Kotel.

While the women’s Chanukiah is not as grand as the National Menorah of Israel, it certainly has a unique and powerful story. It was designed and made by a woman in New York who wanted Jewish women to have a chance to celebrate with a Chanukiah as well.

Entirely made of plastic, the Chanukiah passes through the Kotel security. However, the Chanukiah is made up of a total of thirty pieces that are carried by thirty women into the Kotel (each woman carries one piece). Later they come together and construct the Chanukiah.

Below the communal Chanukiah were various Chanukiahs for individual women to light. The evening was filled with blessings, Chanukah songs, and prayers. Executive Director of Women of the Wall, Anat Hoffman, expressed their communal desire to have the “National Menorah of Israel for all to share”. Last night makes 32 years of “The Women of the Wall” advocating for this change.

By Hannah Zeidman/TPS

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