I'm not fasting because the oldest symbol of "unity"--the Western Wall--is a battleground for religious pluralism, and I imagine that if the Cohanim were still around they would be on the side of the Haredim, not on the side of those women who, like me, want to be full participating Jews with tallit and a Torah.
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein created City Shul in downtown Toronto after 20 years of directing KOLEL:The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning. She is the author of four books on Jewish feminism published by Jewish Lights. You can follow her @cityshul or on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rabbielysegoldstein" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/rabbielysegoldstein</a>.
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