Musings of a middle aged misfit.
Was it a different part of the mosque or a different time?
Jim, in mosques the women pray in a separate area to the men (I think the same applies in synagogues - Dina? - it did in the one I visited when in Israel), normally upstairs (as this is) or to the side. If there is no separate area they pray behind the men. Because this was a special day, women were allowed to stay in the main prayer hall while the men prayed but could not pray with them. I assume the majority of women were in the women's area during prayers. These photos were taken a little later in the day, after the midday prayer.
Looks peaceful - was it?
The portraits are wonderful.
Not really, Peter. There was a gaggle of women gossiping over near the door and in the corridor and it felt a lot like a women's social gathering. Which I guess it is.
Yes Ann, you're right, in Orthodox synagogues the women are "hidden" from the men by a "mechitsa," a screen or curtain.But in more liberal streams of Judaism the prayer service is egalitarian, with men and women sitting together and women even taking part in Torah reading, etc.You had a great opportunity at this open house. Great portraits and pictures came out of it.
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