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  • Robinson’s Arch deal riles Reform and Conservative leaders

    February 27, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    Leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements expressed concern over reports that the Israeli government agreed to put a right-wing organization in charge of the Robinson’s Arch area of the Western Wall.

    In a letter sent Thursday to Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit, who is...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Bennett urges patience on Western Wall plan

    August 30, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Israel’s minister of religious services, Naftali Bennett, acknowledged flaws in his plan for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

    “I know that the temporary platform is not perfect,” Bennett wrote in a letter reported by Haaretz Thursday. “But, in the spirit of Rosh Hashana, I...

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  • Women of the Wall, shielded by police, raises Torah scroll and blows shofar

    August 7, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Women of the Wall blew a shofar at the back of the Western Wall Plaza and raised a Torah scroll at the plaza’s gate under a heavy police barricade.

    The police shielded the the estimated 300 women and their male supporters on Wednesday morning at the back of the plaza, facing the...

  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Battle of the heart

    July 17, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

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  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Amid whistles, prayer endures

    July 17, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

    I...

  • July 16, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 16, 2013 | 3:28 am

    The US

    Headline:  U.S. Warns Egypt’s Generals Against Jeopardizing ‘Second Chance’ at Democracy

    To Read: Aaron David Miller argues against suspending aid to Egypt-

    The very last thing the United States needs right now is to be seen as punishing the Egyptian Army, because...

  • July 15, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 15, 2013 | 3:19 am

    The US

    Headline:  No Quick Impact in U.S. Arms Plan for Syria Rebels

    To Read: An American Interest feature takes a look at the history of American involvement in Syria-

    The Obama administration should thus allow the Syrian civil war to run its course, if only to avoid...

  • How best to honor diversity?

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    July 10, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    This is the week of Tisha b’Av, the 9th of Av, when we mourn the destruction of the Temples. Why are we still mourning when Israel has been reborn? 

    Tal Becker, a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, puts it this way: “Why should our pain and memory be marked in the...

  • Silence, Woman!

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 10, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I was getting off the freeway on Monday, when I saw a bumper sticker in the back window of the vehicle in front of me. It featured a picture of California State Senator Dianne Feinstein, with a dog muzzle over her mouth, and the words, “Muzzle Feinstein.”

    The message isn’t...

  • Is Netanyhau Serious About the Kotel? Four Comments on a Bad Day at the Wall

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2013 | 7:14 am

    1.

    I didn't go to the Kotel this morning to see Women of the Wall's monthly ritual of praying against all odds. My excuses are many, but don't include the presupposition that it's going to be boring: as you can see in my post from the previous month, I was pretty sure that today...

  • July 8, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2013 | 2:53 am

    The US

    Headline:  Syria is a '10-year issue,' top general says

    To Read:  The National Interest editor Robert Merry revisits Obama's treatment of the Mubarak situation and claims that little has changed-

    What’s the lesson for America? It is that we should stay out of the...

  • Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 25, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem. The Muslim Waqf and the Palestinian Authority’s opposition to the Kotel compromise demonstrates their intense racism. Instead of...

  • Jews should get offended

    By David Suissa

    June 19, 2013 | 11:48 am

    If there’s one thing the Palestinians are great at, it’s saying no. For years now, many peace-loving Jewish heads have been bruised from banging against the brick wall of Palestinian rejectionism.

    Well, these Jews and others will now have another wall they can bang their heads...

  • June 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 13, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline: Bill Clinton splits with Obama on Syria

    To Read: FP's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon gives an update on the Syria intervention debate in Washington ('The Washington intervention war', as Foreign Policy call it)-

     But even if the White House is not primed for a...

  • Women of the Wall, No Story

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 9, 2013 | 5:23 am

    We were waiting for a "showdown", but all we got was a whimper. I woke up at four thirty in the morning, drove from Tel Aviv all the way to the Western Wall, waited for about an hour and then spent the next hour and a half watching. As I was standing there with two fellow...

  • L.A. rabbis urge calm at Kotel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 6, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Rabbi Laura Geller, a spiritual leader at the Reform Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills, knows firsthand about the restrictions on non-Orthodox Jewish women’s prayer at the Western Wall.

    In December 2012, as she was entering the women’s section, a security guard confiscated her tallit...

  • Respect, inclusion and tolerance at the Wall

    June 6, 2013 | 8:30 am

    “There are no villains in this story.”  Those were the calming words of Natan Sharansky, renowned human rights champion and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The story was of in-fighting that has erupted among Jews at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. ...

  • June 6, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2013 | 3:26 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama’s Choices Reflect Change in Foreign Tone

    To Read: Here is (Ambassador?) Samantha Power's classic article about US and UN inaction during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, an article which features a disturbing cameo performance by her colleague and new NSA Susan...

  • June 5, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 3:31 am

    The US

    Headline: 19 Americans convicted for pro-democracy work in Egypt

    To Read: David Kenner tells the story of a well intentioned American NGO which tried to promote democracy in Egypt (and of how it did just the opposite)-

    In an Egyptian courtroom on a sunny summer...

  • Q&A with Natan Sharansky

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 4, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    The Russian-born Israeli Natan Sharansky, 65, a former member of the Knesset and now chair of the Jewish Agency, visited Los Angeles last week, hosted jointly by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills. A refusenik who spent years...

  • North American federations back Sharansky’s Kotel compromise

    June 3, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    The Jewish Federations of North America’s board of trustees passed a resolution supporting Natan Sharansky’s proposed compromise on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

    Monday’s resolution, according to a JFNA statement, says the compromise “develops a pathway whereby the...

  • The Kotel in 1911 Had No Mechitzah

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 29, 2013 | 10:15 am

    A member of my congregation, Peter Marcus, has shared with me film footage taken by his uncle, Murray Rosenberg, a newsreel photographer, in 1911 when he visited Palestine. The entire film is worth watching, but the relevant footage at the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem) begins...

  • Women of the Wall and the Fire on the Mountain

    By Aryeh Cohen

    May 29, 2013 | 6:09 am

    The Torah emphasizes repeatedly that one only approaches the Holy with great fear and trepidation. On the day that the Tabernacle was dedicated, Aaron’s children were killed by the same sacrificial machinery that consumed Israel’s offerings. The ritual choreography which eventually...

  • 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...

  • This week in power: WoW scuffling, IRS scandal, Newseum, Shavuot message

    By Danny Groner

    May 16, 2013 | 3:46 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Kotel fight
    Last Friday, the Kotel was a spot for outrage and bickering as the Women of the Wall again arrived to pray on the date of the new month. Only this time they encountered...

  • State, Religion, and Women of the Wall- an Interview with MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    On March 11, first time MK (Member of the Knesset,) Stav Shaffir (27) from Ha'Avoda (labor) party, joined the Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. With threats from several Orthodox groups, and attempts for arrests by the police, they welcomed the new "Rosh...

  • Confidence in Obama, Support for WOW: 3 Comments on 2 Polls

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 12, 2013 | 7:15 am

    1.

    There aren't many surprises in Pew's recent survey of views on Israel and Palestine. Israel isn't popular in the world, Netanyahu isn't popular in the world, many Israelis and Palestinians don't see much chance for peace, Israelis love the US, Palestinians don't.

    The...

  • May 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 10, 2013 | 3:40 am

    The US

    Headline: Syria conflict: US says Assad can have no post-war role

    To Read: Robert Kaplan believes that the constant and unbearable media pressure and scrutiny Obama has been under may very well be hurting the quality of US policy discussion about Syria (and about foreign...

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