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WAVE: Prayer at Western Wall (Kotel)


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Opinion: Regarding the Kotel Compromise

… In our euphoria that the Conservative and Reform Movements are finally recognized in Israel — albeit in one tiny way with much more still needed – we need to also be careful to not abandon the Modern Orthodox and Open Orthodox who pray with separation of the sexes; where men say amen to a…
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‘Game Of Chicken’ On Kotel Deal

During a much-anticipated Aug. 31 hearing, Israel’s Supreme Court sharply criticized the government for failing to implement its January 2016 deal with the non-Orthodox streams and Women of the Wall to create a pluralistic prayer space at the Kotel. […] “This is like a Rorschach test,” Anat Hoffman (Women of the Wall) told The Jewish…
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Top US Jewish leader urges PM: Rethink Western Wall prayer, or risk wider chasm

The head of American Jewry’s main umbrella group urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rethink his approach to the suspended Western Wall compromise, and move to “restore the confidence” of US Jewry or risk broadening the “chasm” between many American Jews and Israel. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Major American Jewish…
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With muddled decision on Western Wall freeze, court appears wary to intervene

As Israel’s children prepared to go back to school September 1, a Thursday High Court hearing over the Western Wall pluralistic pavilion gave the state some homework. In the decision handed down Thursday night, the state was told it must “inform the court by September 14, 2017 whether it is willing to reconsider the implementation…
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Police Brace for Violence as Feminists, ultra-Orthodox to Face Off Over Western Wall Prayer

Israeli police are bracing for an outbreak of violence at the Western Wall next Monday morning, when Women of the Wall holds its monthly prayer service. Several Orthodox groups are mobilizing to bring out large numbers of supporters in a show of force against the multi-denominational feminist prayer group, whose practices they oppose. Police fear clashes may erupt, as they have under similar circumstances in the past.
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Opinion: Turning dancing into Mourning on Rosh Hodesh Adar

On Rosh Hodesh Adar 2013, I was arrested for praying at the Kotel. The happiness of Adar was marred by this event. The arrests of women for praying while female continued and I was arrested again two months later But our sadness that Adar turned to joy when Judge Sobel affirmed that women have the right to pray at the Kotel with Tallit, tefillin, out loud, and with a Sefer Torah. The haredi reaction to this ruling was immediate and exceedingly violent. […]
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Opinion: Our Cherished Wall in Jerusalem Increasingly Divides Us

I was in Jerusalem for a week last month, and I never once went to the Kotel. This was unusual for me. On my many prior stays in Israel, the ancient stones of the Western Wall were like a magnet, drawing me close and stripping away my journalistic skepticism, leaving me feeling a little more…
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Opinion: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, marks the first anniversary of the government’s decision regarding an equitable arrangement for prayer at the Western Wall. The government’s decision was never implemented. During the course of this year, despite unceasing harassment by the Western Wall rabbi, Women of the Wall continued praying at the Western…
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Opinion: Women of the Wall Fight Sexism With a Smuggled Menorah

A few weeks ago I ventured out into the cold, trudged over to my nearest Home Depot and bought enough PVC to redo an entire bathroom. My bathroom is just fine, thanks. So why did I do it? The truth is, the rabbis made me do it. … Israel’s rabbis have chosen to commemorate this…
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Bill Banning non-Orthodox Services at Western Wall Submitted to Knesset

A group of 16 members of the ruling coalition submitted a bill to the Knesset on Sunday that would prohibit any practices at the Western Wall that are not deemed strictly Orthodox. The bill would prevent women from wearing prayer shawls and tefillin, from reading from a Torah and from blowing a shofar at the…
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Kotel bill frozen until after Trump inauguration

The Jerusalem Post has learned from several sources in the coalition that the legislative freeze has been extended to all controversial matters. This includes … the controversial bill put on hold … that would circumvent the government’s resolution to allow pluralist prayer at the Western Wall, by imposing fines and even prison sentences on anyone…
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