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  • Ex-Shas chief on Western Wall agreement: A ‘horrible disaster’

    2 days ago

    A former head of the Shas Sephardic Orthodox party slammed the Israeli Cabinet’s approval to expand the egalitarian section of the Western Wall, joining several politicians who have ridiculed the deal and liberal movements of Judaism.

    “This is a horrible disaster and an attack on...

  • The Kotel compromise: Recognizing there is more than one way to be a Jew

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    3 days ago

    Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” In the case of the recently announced historic victory regarding egalitarian prayer at the Kotel (the Western Wall), it was...

  • Mixed emotions about the Kotel compromise

    3 days ago

    What’s the definition of mixed emotions, asks the old gag line: Finding out that your business competitor and rival has just driven off a cliff — in your new Lamborghini. 

    The Orthodox community has to greet news of the Kotel agreement similarly. We can hope that it will bring...

  • The Kotel decision: A Sephardic Jew responds

    3 days ago

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Kotel had no barrier separating the sexes. It was an open place of prayer, spirituality and meditation for all Jews. Those were the days when Jews were not branded by denominations. Somehow, this ancient, sacred space was transformed into a...

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  • At the Kotel, at last

    3 days ago

    I’m one of those fortunate people who gets to be in Israel for 10 days each year. I meet with the Ziegler rabbinical students studying there during their third year of our program, teach at various yeshivot, interview prospective students and meet with Masorti (Conservative)...

  • After Kotel compromise, dramatic changes still needed

    3 days ago

    There is much to rejoice over when considering the details of the Kotel compromise agreement. For the first time, there is going to be a section of this ancient site open to egalitarian and non-Orthodox worship alternatives, as well as partnership and women’s minyanim. It’s the...

  • Netanyahu raps statements by gov’t ministers, lawmakers attacking liberal Jews

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed statements by government ministers and lawmakers disparaging liberal streams of Judaism in the wake of Cabinet approval to expand the egalitarian section at the Western Wall.

    “I reject the recent disparaging and divisive remarks...

  • Why the Western Wall compromise matters – and doesn’t

    5 days ago

    Sunday, after decades of conflict, leaders of Judaism’s three major denominations reached a compromise on the future of prayer at the Western Wall, and got the Israeli government’s backing. The deal comes with a few important unknowns and will take a while to implement. Here’s why...

  • Sharansky applauds ‘One Kotel for One People’

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    In the wake of the Israeli government’s historic announcement on Sunday, Jan. 31, that a new, expanded egalitarian prayer space would be opened up at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, spoke to the press from Pasadena.  The new...

  • Western Wall prayer fight ends with historic compromise

    6 days ago

    Israel's government on Sunday approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel's haredi Orthodox religious establishment.

    The deal achieves what had been an...

  • Israeli teen stabbing victim celebrates bar mitzvah at Western Wall

    December 17, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    An Israeli teen who was stabbed by two Palestinian teens while riding his bike in Jerusalem celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Western Wall.

    Naor Ben-Ezra was joined at the celebration by members of the medical team who treated him at Hadassah Hospital after the October 12 attack...

  • Women light Chanukah candles at Western Wall

    December 7, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    About 100 women gathered at the Western Wall to light Chanukah candles.

    Security guards permitted 20 women to enter with their menorahs, but then attempted to ban and confiscate a large communal one being brought in by the Women of the Wall organization.

    Knesset member Ksenia...

  • Western Wall rabbi ordered to include women in Israel’s Chanukah candle-lighting

    December 1, 2015 | 10:27 am

    The Attorney General’s Office in Israel has ordered the rabbi of the Western Wall to include women in the annual national candle-lighting ceremony for Chanukah.

    “Preventing women from participating in national ceremonies is wrongful discrimination and we request that you ensure...

  • Trump in new book: Israel proof that walls work

    November 3, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brings Israel as an example that walls can work in protecting a country’s borders.

    In his book “Crippled America,” Trump cites Israel as proof that his plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico will stop illegal immigration....

  • Knife-wielding Palestinians strike in West Bank, Jerusalem; two dead

    October 30, 2015 | 10:20 am

    Knife-wielding Palestinians attacked Israelis in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday and police said they had shot dead two assailants, in a further wave of violence spurred partly by tensions over a Jerusalem holy site. 

    Four people, including another Palestinian assailant,...

  • Morgan Freeman visits Western Wall

    October 26, 2015 | 11:12 am

    American actor Morgan Freeman visited the Western Wall.

    Freeman, who played God in the movie “Bruce Almighty,” is in Israel to film episodes of the new National Geographic series “The Story of God,” which is scheduled to air next year. Freeman is the executive producer.

    He...

  • UNESCO votes to classify Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Muslim sites

    October 21, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, condemned Israel for what it said are attempts to alter the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    While the resolution approved Wednesday morning in Paris by the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization...

  • Bring Struggle for Western Wall, Cave of the Patriarchs, and Rachel’s Tomb to UNESCO’s Sponsors

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 20, 2015 | 11:32 pm

    • UNESCO corporate and governmental sponsors need to publically distance themselves from UNESCO as it erases Jewish history
    • Sponsors include Google, Panasonic, A&E, Germany, Smithsonian, EarthWatch and others (list of UNESCO World Heritage Partners)
    • Hijaking of UNESCO's...
  • Nine more Jewish symbols UNESCO should claim for other religions

    October 20, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    On Monday, news broke that UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, is to vote on a Palestinian-backed proposal declaring the Western Wall a Muslim site.

    The last remnant of the long-destroyed Jewish Temple, the Western Wall is hands-down Judaism’s holiest site and arguably...

  • UNESCO head ‘deplores’ proposal declaring Western Wall a Muslim site

    October 20, 2015 | 10:27 am

    The head of the United Nations cultural agency said she “deplores” a proposal under discussion by the agency’s executive board that would declare the Western Wall a Muslim holy site.

    Irina Bokova, the director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

  • UNESCO to vote on proposal declaring Western Wall a Muslim site

    October 19, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    A Palestinian effort to have a United Nations agency declare Judaism’s holiest site a Muslim holy site is “an attempt to distort history,” Israel said.

    UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural body, is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the proposal concerning the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

    In a...

  • Learning Hollywood in the Holy City

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 23, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    Rita (Yijing) Zhang, 22, of Beijing is navigating several historic “walls” as she builds her career as a filmmaker. 

    It started in China, where Zhang recently worked as an assistant on the set of Matt Damon’s upcoming film, “The Great Wall.” Now, the international student at...

  • Palestinian Perfidy at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee: A direct assault on the core of Judaism

    July 9, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    The 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) has just ended its ten day annual meeting, this year in Bonn, Germany. Once again,the Wiesenthal Centre was the only accredited Jewish NGO

    Since the Palestinians's admittance to UNESCO in November 2011 they have wreaked havoc, best...

  • Western Wall barriers locked to prevent women from getting Torah scroll

    May 19, 2015 | 9:59 am

    A male supporter of Women of the Wall was arrested after trying to pass a Torah scroll to the women’s section of the Western Wall during prayers for the new Jewish month.

    The partitions separating the men’s and women’s sections were locked together and metal barriers placed...

  • Alden solovy, wounded but still defending women of the wall

    By Aron Chilewich

    April 30, 2015 | 8:34 am

    In 2013, an Israeli court ruling gave women the legal right to pray at the Western Wall according to their own customs; they could wear tallit , use tefillin and read from Torah. However, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Orthodox chief rabbi of the wall, found a simple loophole: By...

  • Siren, ceremony mark start of Yom Hazikaron

    April 21, 2015 | 11:22 am

    Israelis “are not a people of war,” President Reuven Rivlin asserted at a candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to mark the start of Yom Hazikaron, the country’s Memorial Day.

    Rivlin spoke Tuesday night after a one-minute siren sounded throughout the country,...

  • Transgender woman denied access to Western Wall

    January 7, 2015 | 9:27 am

    A transgender woman was denied access to both the women’s and men’s sections of the Western Wall.

    Kay Long, who designs wedding dresses, evening gowns and costumes, on Monday visited the Western Wall with a friend visiting from Madrid.

    When she approached the women’s section...

  • Yehuda Glick shooting reignites holy war over Temple Mount

    By Simone Wilson

    November 4, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Snaking around the top right corner of the 2,000-year-old Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City is a rickety wooden structure called the Mughrabi Bridge — an awkward tube of scaffolding that leads to the most contested holy site in the world.

    Today, that site — called the Temple...

  • Tel Aviv postpones class trips to Jerusalem in wake of rioting

    October 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Tel Aviv schools have postponed class trips to Jerusalem in the wake of a terror attack in Jerusalem and rioting in the city.

    A trip for most Tel Aviv schools planned for this week for 7th-and 8th-grade students has been postponed, according to reports. The trip was to visit the...

  • Women of the Wall smuggle Torah scroll into Kotel plaza

    October 24, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Women who defied Western Wall Plaza rules by bringing a small Torah scroll there were allowed to finish praying.

    The decision to allow a few dozen members of the Women of the Wall feminist group to continue their prayer was made to prevent desecration of the scroll even though...

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