212.R. Feinstein is cited in the text below—see, however, note 224, infra. R. Shapiro discussed his position in a taped conversation with Dov I. Frimer, R. Elisha Aviner and Dr. Joel Wolowelsky, July 25, 1997. See also R. Avraham Weiss, Women at Prayer (Hoboken, N.J.: Ktav Publishing House, Inc., 1990), p. 111, and note 74, supra. The position of R. Jakobovits and the London Bet Din, appears infra, note 222, while that of R. Shlomo Goren is noted, supra, note 57. See also R. Jonathan Sacks, infra, note 222; R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, supra, note 129; and R. Eliezer Berkovits, Jewish Women in Time and Torah (Hoboken, N.J.: Ktav Publishing House, Inc., 1990) Chapter 4; R. Eliezer Berkovits, Letter to The Jerusalem Post, September 20, 1985, p. 15). This position was also advocated by R. Avraham Weiss in his book, Women at Prayer, ibid.; R. Elyakim Getzel Ellinson (1987), in an as-yet unpublished supplement to the English translation of HaIsha ve-haMitsvot; as well as by R. Saul Berman, in a taped public lecture at Lincoln Square Synagogue, December 10, 1986, and again in a conversation with Aryeh A. Frimer, July 1987.
213.R. Nachum L. Rabinovitch ruled leniently both regarding a women’s tefilla, in a conversation with Dov I. Frimer, September 26, 1994 and July 3, 1997, as well as women’s hakafot on Simhat Torah, interviewed by Dov I. Frimer and Ben Tzion Greenberger, September 26, 1994, and Dov I. Frimer, June 28, 1997. R. Aharon Lichtenstein, interviewed by Dov I. Frimer, September 26, 1994, also maintained that women dancing with the Sefer Torah on Simhat Torah was halakhically permitted; however, the discussion with R. Lichtenstein was merely a theoretical one and not a pesak halakha le-ma’ase (ruling in practice). Both scholars indicated that the women’s hakafot should not be carried out in the men’s section, but rather behind the mehitsa or in a separate room. See also note 225*, infra. R. Yuval Cherlow has expressed his opinion supporting women’s dancing with the sefer Torah on Simhat Torah; see: .
213*. Other Rabbis have written in support of Women’s Prayer Groups and pseudo-aliyot. See: R. Benny Lau, “Kehilla Me’atsevet et Hagigot Bat-Mitsva,” in Bat-Mitsva, Sarah Friedland Ben Arza, Editor (Jerusalem: MaTan, 2002), pp. 69-83 - see esp. p. 80ff. [This article appeared a year later in English translation: R. Benny Lau, “Community Designed Bat Mitzvah Celebrations,” in “Traditions and Celebrations for the Bat Mitzvah,” Ora Wiskind Elper, Editor (Urim Publications: Jerusalem, 2003); pp. 35-54 - see esp. p. 50ff.]. R. Lau indicates that he consulted on the matter with several unnamed great