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  • 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...

  • Longtime Women of the Wall members protest Robinson’s Arch decision

    October 14, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Ten longtime members of Women of the Wall are protesting the organization’s recent decision to meet at the Robinson’s Arch area next to the Western Wall Plaza.

    In a public statement Friday, the protesting members said the Women of the Wall board betrayed the group’s fundamental...

  • 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...

  • Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

    April 30, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

    After Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of...

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  • Sharansky gets green light to pursue Western Wall prayer plan

    April 22, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky was given a green light by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue his plan for a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.

    Netanyahu told Sharansky to continue reviewing the situation with Zvi Hauser, the director...

  • Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel: Is it possible?

    April 17, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Every week, dozens of bar mitzvah boys from Israel and the Diaspora celebrate their rite of passage at the Kotel, also known as the Western Wall, which, after the Temple Mount, is Judaism’s holiest site.   

    Many Diaspora families, especially from the more liberal streams of...

  • 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...

  • Women praying to be heard at the Western Wall

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    December 19, 2012 | 10:23 am

    We approached the entrance to the Kotel Plaza a little before 7 a.m. on Rosh Hodesh Tevet. In my bag was my tallit, the beautiful purple-and-blue one that was hand woven as a gift from the students and faculty at USC more than 20 years ago, when I completed my time there as the...

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