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  • Abbas invokes sovereign state in peace prayer with pope, Peres

    June 8, 2014 | 6:36 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for “freedom in our sovereign and independent state” during a prayer for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Pope Francis.

    Vatican officials had called the service on Sunday at the Vatican a “pause in politics” with...

  • U.S. Jews vs. U.S. Christianity

    By Dennis Prager

    May 14, 2014 | 9:25 am

    It’s not something that Americans mention in public. And it may not even be something many note in private. But a Jew writing in a Jewish journal ought to point out a fact that, no matter how much ignored, is significant.

    On May 5, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in “Town of...

  • Conservative, Reform rabbis: Robinson’s Arch transfer plan ‘infuriating and unacceptable’

    February 27, 2014 | 6:41 pm

    This week has seen a fair bit of news on the heretofore confidential negotiations surrounding the future of Robinson’s Arch, the area of the Western Wall open to non-Orthodox prayer.

    The Israeli Reform and Masorti (Conservative) movements, along with women’s prayer group Women of...

  • Kaddish in Mexico

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 12, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    Light and wind poured in through the cracks in the plastic casing the first time we said it. 

    We were in Oaxaca, on the rooftop of a charming but spare hacienda, shielded from the elements by a tent of opaque plastic walls, and the mood was a little bit somber. 

    Three stories...

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  • Women of the Wall agrees to pray in egalitarian space, with conditions

    October 7, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Women of the Wall agreed in principle to pray in a new egalitarian space adjacent to the Western Wall Plaza, provided the space meets several conditions regarding design and management.

    Until those conditions are met, Women of the Wall said in a statement Monday that it will...

  • Women hold prayer service at Kotel without incident

    July 31, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Ten women from Women of the Wall held a public prayer service at the Western Wall without incident.

    The service, during which the women sang and wore tallit prayer shawls and tefillin, was held Wednesday because an American supporter of the group was in town and would not be...

  • The problem with prayer

    By David Suissa

    July 17, 2013 | 11:39 am

    If the practice of Judaism is based on synagogue attendance, and if synagogue attendance is based on the passive recitation of prayer, then Judaism is in trouble.

    The ritual of repetitive communal prayer might have worked in the shtetls to keep Jews Jewish, but it doesn’t work in...

  • A South African-born rabbi reflects on Nelson Mandela and the Jewish community

    June 28, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Members of South Africa’s Jewish community have joined the rest of the country in praying for Nelson Mandela following his admission to hospital for the third time this year.

    As prayers were said for the anti-apartheid hero in churches across the country, South Africa’s Chief...

  • Now There’s An App For That!

    By Honey Lazar

    June 21, 2013 | 9:01 am

    Before there were apps, there was Aunt Ruth

    If you wanted to know the conversion of 1 cup to its metric system equivalent, you could call Aunt Ruth, and she would go to her desk drawer, retrieve her Conversion Chart, and tell you, “It’s 230 milliliters.”

    If you wanted to know...

  • 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. ...

  • Q&A with Israeli MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    On March 12, Stav Shaffir, a first-time Knesset Member from the Labor Party, joined Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall. Despite threats from several Orthodox groups and attempted arrests by police, the group prayed. 

    Shaffir, 27, also led the national struggle for...

  • A prayer for Oklahoma

    May 21, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Lord our God, we stood before You just a week ago to receive the Ten Statements of Your Torah. We stood, as though with our ancestors, and listened to the Torah reader chant descriptions of the smoking mountain, the thunderous rumbling, and the long-awaited voice of God.

    This...

  • The True State of the Western Wall Compromise

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 9, 2013 | 6:36 am

    Friday Update: This article was written and published on Thursday. Friday morning, as expected, "Haredi worshippers clashed with police in Jerusalem's Old City... A mass brawl erupted at the site, during which garbage, water and coffee was flung at dozens of Women of the Wall and...

  • A prayer of hope after the Boston Marathon bombing

    April 16, 2013 | 11:13 am

    “Behold days are coming, says the Lord…and they shall rebuild.” From our Haftarah this Shabbat Amos 9:13

    God of peace, God of healing
    God of the grief-stricken,
    We call You, we invoke You
    We pray to You:
    Oh my God, we called out to You
    as a day of celebration
    Turned to...

  • 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...

  • Praying For Change

    By Ilana Angel

    March 26, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    I pray everyday.  I wake up in prayer and go to sleep in prayer.  A lot of time it is not a prayer as much as it is a conversation with God.  I talk about what is going on so I can put it all out into the universe and hope it comes back in a way that makes things better.  Lately I...

  • What’s So Special About Rabbi Sharon Brous?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 16, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Last weekend we were privileged to have Rabbi Sharon Brous from Ikar speak at our congregation and at a couple of other events in the area. We all agreed she was fabulous, but it got me to wondering what, exactly, sets her apart from so many other rabbis?

    I’ll start out by saying...

  • Fight for women’s equality at the Western Wall fails to move secular Israelis

    December 27, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Few American tourists to Israel forget their first visit to the Western Wall. They put notes in the cracks, whisper prayers and take photos against the backdrop of Judaism’s holiest site.

    But Kobi Bachar of Tel Aviv can't remember the last time he visited.

    “I was there maybe 10...

  • Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency to look into women’s prayer at Western Wall

    December 26, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked the Jewish Agency to come up with a solution for non-Orthodox women's groups that want to pray at the Western Wall.

    Netanyahu asked the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, to examine the issue, the...

  • A prayer of healing from the tragedy in Newtown

    December 20, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Our hearts are breaking, God,
    As our nation buries innocent children and brave teachers.
    The loss is overwhelming.
    Send comfort and strength, God, to grieving parents,
    To siblings, family and friends in this time of shock and mourning.
    Shield them from despair.
    Send healing...

  • 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...

  • Six women detained for wearing prayer shawls at Western Wall

    November 15, 2012 | 9:12 am

    Six women were detained by Jerusalem police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall as more than 100 women gathered there for the monthly Women of the Wall service.

    The detainments Thursday, on the first day of the Hebrew month Kislev, follow the arrest at last month's...

  • Day 85 - Why I’m Reading the Whole Talmud… Again

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 8, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I have been struggling to write a post since I came down from the Mt. Sinai-like high of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium, when we completed the seven and a half year cycle of reading the Talmud (click here for my Jewish Journal cover story about that experience).

    I have kept...

  • Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness

    November 6, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about Sandy’s destruction, the recovery and...

  • Light at the End of the Tunnel

    By Ilana Angel

    October 30, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    I am having one of those days.  I am over thinking, over analyzing, over stressed, and over tired. I don’t do well when I’m not in control, and I am faced with a series of things that require time to sort themselves out. Patience is not my forte, so you can imagine how hard waiting...

  • 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...

  • Jews asked to pray for end to Iranian nuclear threat

    September 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Jews are being urged to pray during Yom Kippur services for an end to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America are asking their congregations to dedicate time during their High Holy Days services despite the fact that “Yom...

  • Notes removed from Western Wall

    September 10, 2012 | 9:13 am

    The Western Wall was emptied of layers of notes from its cracks and crevices for the New Year.

    The notes were removed Monday morning under the supervision of the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, who ensured they will remain confidential. They will be buried.

    At the time of the removal, the rabbi said a prayer asking God to fulfill the requests contained in the notes.

    The notes are removed from the wall twice a year, before Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

  • A Shabbat prayer for the victims of the Sikh shooting

    August 8, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    This prayer was written to recite for the victims and survivors of the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.  Rabbi Naomi Levy, spiritual leader of Nashuva, wrote the prayer on behalf of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which distributed it to congregations...

  • My Blog is My Prayer

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 1, 2012 | 8:00 am

    If you asked me whether I pray, my initial reaction would be, “Of course I do. I pray at services on Friday night and Saturday morning. Every morning I say ‘Modah Ani’ to thank God that I am still alive. I pray every day.”

    In a sense, those prayers aren’t my prayers. They...

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