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  • Anat, don’t ram a bus into Israel’s new-found unity

    15 hours ago

    It’s not common for a society to undergo a mindset shift in the space of four months. Yet that’s exactly what happened in Israel this summer.
     
    The Israel of October 2014 is not the same country we lived in just a few short months ago. Most of us didn’t do anything to make it...
  • Listen to the voices of our sisters

    November 27, 2013 | 11:40 am

    I returned from Israel during the week of Vayislach, when we read the story of Jacob’s famous nocturnal wrestling match and the painful story of Dina, his daughter. 

    The midrash, in explaining why Jacob speaks of his 11 children when in fact he has 12, tells us that Jacob locked...

  • Calendar November 30-December 6

    By Laura Donney

    November 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    SUN | DEC 1

    CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE DAY 

    A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a...

  • When a wall isn’t ‘the Wall’

    November 11, 2013 | 10:05 am

    The key dispute in the recent feud between Women of the Wall and some of the group’s founders is whether Robinson’s Arch — an area adjacent to the Kotel plaza meant for egalitarian prayer — counts as the Western Wall.

    Anat Hoffman and most of the group’s board has said they’re...

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  • Women on both sides of Kotel debate to share stage at JFNA GA

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 1, 2013 | 10:23 am

    When American Jewish leaders gather in Jerusalem for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly later this month, they’ll have the opportunity to hear from top Israeli political leaders on a variety of issues. They’ll also have the chance to witness the first...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • Women of the Wall’s collateral damage

    August 1, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Until recently, Women of the Wall (WoW) was but a distant blip on my radar. All that was changed as I came across a BBC interview, in which a prominent WoW member painted Israel as a misogynist country oppressing women. I felt I could not remain silent.

    Religious freedom and...

  • Far from Kotel, Women of the Wall pray with police protection

    July 8, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Women of the Wall conducted its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall plaza with an occasional disturbance from protesters, but the worshipers were kept far from the wall itself.

    The women, who came to the holy site Monday morning to mark the beginning of the Hebrew month of...

  • Stone-walling

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

    In the last two years, the Western Wall in Jerusalem — also known as the Kotel — has become a place of controversy as much as of worship. It’s the site of a battle that has long been waged by a group called Women of the Wall, who are demanding they be able to pray in the women’s...

  • Charedi Orthodox youth mob Western Wall in protest of women’s prayer service

    May 10, 2013 | 7:13 am

    Haredi Orthodox youth mobbed the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as they held their monthly prayer service.

    The youth, many of them students from haredi Orthodox yeshivot, had filled the Western Wall Plaza by 6:40 a.m. on Friday, 20 minutes before...

  • Women of the Wall: In the Interim

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 17, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Yesterday I listened to a conference call hosted by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) about access to the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem). Or, more accurately, I listened to the first half of the call, since a meeting at work conflicted with the second half of it.

    During the...

  • Victory at the Wall?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 10, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    There comes a time in any successful movement for change or reform for cashing in, and it is often a time of crisis. Getting so close to achieving a goal, one has to struggle with two challenges: the temptation to overreach — and pass on a deal that might be the best realistic one...

  • Responding to Allegations of ‘Totalitarianism’ and to Other Saner Remarks About my Kotel Story

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 9, 2013 | 8:17 am

    My Sunday article, Anat Hoffman Might Be on the Verge of Becoming a Jewish Hero, made some waves, and for good reason. In it, I lay out what I largely believe is going to be the "deal" that will be offered to resolve the issue of Western Wall grievances. Talks between the head of...

  • Anat Hoffman Might Be on the Verge of Becoming a Jewish Hero

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 7, 2013 | 8:24 am

    There comes a time in any successful movement for change or reform for cashing in, and it is often a time of crisis. Getting so close to achieving a goal, one has to struggle with two challenges: the temptation to overreach- and pass on a deal that might be the best realistic one –...

  • Police: Women prohibited from saying Kaddish at Western Wall

    April 4, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Women will be prohibited from saying the Mourner's Kaddish and other prayers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem police told Women of the Wall.

    Jerusalem police commissioner Yossi Pariente in a letter sent Thursday to Women of the Wall Chairwoman Anat Hoffman said he would enforce the...

  • With the help of Knesset members, Women of the Wall get to pray

    March 12, 2013 | 9:14 am

    If ever there were a gathering of Women of the Wall that was going to spark a wider conflict, Tuesday’s would have been the one.

    For each of the past several months, police have detained members of the women’s prayer group during their monthly Rosh Chodesh services for wearing...

  • Knesset members join Women of the Wall at rosh chodesh services

    March 12, 2013 | 7:54 am

    Three female members of Knesset joined the Women of the Wall for their monthly prayer service at the Western Wall.

    No arrests were made during the prayer service Tuesday morning marking the new Jewish month of Nissan, the first time in at least a year that no arrests were made...

  • February 11, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 11, 2013 | 3:27 am

    The US

    Headline: Republican Threatens to Block Pentagon and C.I.A. Nominees

    To Read:  Fouad Ajami tells the story of how a liberal-minded orator began using drones, and wonders why his foreign-policy liberal mindedness at this point only seems to manifest itself as a reluctance...

  • Can Natan Sharansky fix the Western Wall?

    January 7, 2013 | 11:42 am

    He brought unprecedented attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry. He stood up to the KGB. He survived nine years in Siberia. He served in Israel’s fractious government.

    Now, Natan Sharansky is facing his next challenge: finding a solution to the growing battle over women’s prayer...

  • The ‘war of the wall’ secret weapon

    January 2, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    It’s easy to dismiss the antics of Warrior of the Wall Anat Hoffman.  Her guerrilla gatherings of women in vocal prayer services at the Kosel Maaravi, or Western Wall, in defiance of an Israeli Supreme Court decision and in affront to the traditional Jewish men and women who most...

  • Women of the Wall and supporters: you have four options to choose from

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 21, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Some attention has been given recently to a debate between two Shalom Hartman Institute scholars over the question of the Women of the Wall. The issue at hand – as defined by Debra Nussbaum Cohen of the Forward – is "whether Women of the Wall should accept being required to pray at...

  • A Jewish revival meeting: Is religious pluralism possible in Israel?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2012 | 11:12 am

    In a packed synagogue hall on Monday night, Nov. 26, Israel’s Consul General David Siegel posed a question: How many people present care deeply about religious pluralism in Israel?

    A sea of hands went up.

    Jews are odd, right? The rockets have just stopped falling on Israel, a...

  • Despite mounting criticism, Western Wall remains in haredi Orthodox hands

    November 28, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Sitting in his office 20 feet above the Western Wall Plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is unperturbed by the simmering tensions below.

    For years, Israeli and American Jewish groups have agitated for greater religious freedom at the Wall, which currently allows for only Orthodox...

  • Fighting for religious pluralism in Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 15, 2012 | 10:46 am

    [UPDATED on Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.]

    The arrest of Israeli feminist Anat Hoffman at the Western Wall last month sent ripples of alarm across the Jewish world, and leaders in Los Angeles will address their concerns about religious pluralism in Israel to Los Angeles’ Israeli...

  • Reform leader Rick Jacobs slams Israeli gov’t discrimination against non-Orthodox

    November 14, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said American Jews should no longer acquiesce to Israeli state-sanctioned discrimination against women and non-Orthodox Jews.

    "I would fight passionately for the right of Orthodox Jews to pray freely at the Kotel...

  • Letters to the Editor: Entitlements, Women of the Wall, Mormons, Christians, Prager

    November 1, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    Eshman on Entitlements

    Rob Eshman correctly notes that tzedakah is not merely charity but is also a religious and community response about social justice (“Entitled,” Oct. 19). Nowadays, “entitlements” are frequently used as a synonym for charity. However, Eshman inadvertently...

  • Jewish Agency committee calls for new approach to Western Wall prayer

    October 30, 2012 | 9:47 am

    A Jewish Agency committee has adopted a resolution calling for a "satisfactory approach" to prayer at the Western Wall.

    The resolution passed Tuesday during the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meeting in Tel Aviv, reads in part: "Whereas Jewish women and men, of all...

  • Thousands sign on for Shema flash mob

    October 22, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    More than 2,500 people signed up to participate in a global Shema flash mob as part of a campaign to promote religious pluralism in Israel. 

    The gatherings early Monday afternoon came two days after Conservative Jewish congregations were asked to dedicate a recitation of the...

  • Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall galvanizing liberal Jewish groups

    October 22, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Last week’s episode was hardly the first time Israeli police stopped activist Anat Hoffman while she was leading a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall in violation of Israeli law.

    But this time, police actually arrested Hoffman -- a first, she says -- and the incident...

  • Reform leaders call for probe into Israeli colleague’s arrest, police treatment

    October 18, 2012 | 1:37 pm

    Reform Jewish leaders are calling for an investigation following reports that an Israeli colleague was roughed up by police after leading a women’s prayer group at the Western Wall.

    Reform leaders in the United States said Thursday that they have spoken with Israel’s ambassador...

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