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  • Learning Hollywood in the Holy City

    By  Orit Arfa

    1 week ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • The true value of Birthright Israel

    October 7, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Sitting in a circle in coastal northern Israel, listening to a group of 46 American and Israeli Jews share their coming-out stories — stories of anxiety and relief, shame and pride, heartbreak and celebration — I realized that this trip was going to be different. 

    It was my...

  • Police shoot Jewish woman at Western Wall

    July 31, 2014 | 9:59 am

    A Jewish woman who police said was dressed in blankets was shot in the leg by an officer at the entrance to the Western Wall area.

    The woman did not stop at the security checkpoint at the holy site’s entrance on Wednesday evening when asked to by security guards, according to the...

  • Timberlake tweets of unforgettable visit to Western Wall

    May 28, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    Justin Timberlake visited the Western Wall in the wee hours a day before his concert in Tel Aviv.

    Timberlake avoided most of the paparazzi, landing in Israel at 3 a.m. Tuesday and heading straight to the wall with his wife, actress Jessica Biel, and his parents. The singer posted...

  • Gifts of art from the heart

    May 16, 2014 | 11:22 am

    As bar and bat mitzvah celebrations have become more sophisticated and often more costly over the years, so, too, have many of the gifts. While many 12- and 13-year-olds continue to welcome fountain pens or jewelry, it’s not unusual for a celebrant to request an iPod or...

  • Western Wall cleaned for Passover

    April 7, 2014 | 10:22 am

    The Western Wall was cleared of notes in advance of Passover.

    Workers used sticks Sunday to remove the hundreds of thousands of prayers and requests written on slips of paper that worshippers stuff into the cracks between the wall’s stones.

    The papers will be buried out of respect for their contents.

    The Western Wall also is cleared of the notes prior to Rosh Hashanah.

  • A year on, Israeli team of rivals rules Netanyahu’s coalition

    March 26, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    In the lead-up to last year’s Knesset elections, the pro-settlement Jewish Home party released a controversial ad showing party chairman Naftali Bennett smiling alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The message was clear: Netanyahu will be prime minister, but a...

  • Bennett: Pluralist council will oversee Robinson’s Arch plaza

    March 7, 2014 | 9:29 am

    The Robinson’s Arch plaza at the Western Wall will come under the control of a future government-appointed pluralist council.

    Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett forged an agreement within the government on Thursday that would put the egalitarian prayer site in the...

  • 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...

  • Israeli cabinet secretary plans to block Robinson’s Arch transfer

    February 27, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    Israeli Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit intends to block a draft agreement that would transfer control of parts of the Western Wall to a right-wing Israeli nonprofit.

    Mandelblit’s decision to oppose the tentative deal comes shortly after a group of Reform and Conservative...

  • 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...

  • The Birds In The Cities

    By Emily Stern

    February 19, 2014 | 9:54 am

    It is nice to see the birds in the city
    because birds are not martyrs.

     

    While standing at the western wall,

    she points to the birds saying surreptitiously,

    "There are no birds at the western wall."

     

    The Ram Bam says that on angels, wings are a metaphor.

    Wings are...

  • Report: Women of the Wall nearing agreement with Israeli gov’t

    January 27, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area.

    The report Monday in Haaretz was corroborated on the organization’s Facebook page.

    The agreement comes after months of...

  • Surrender as prayer: Parashat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

    November 14, 2013 | 5:44 pm

    What do you do when your back is to the wall? When tensions are so high, annihilation seems imminent?

    Jacob has an answer that touches my soul. He doesn’t fight, run or resist. Instead, he surrenders completely, and that which he feared washes over him like a wave. 

    Twenty...

  • 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...

  • No Western Wall bat mitzvah for Paula Abdul after all

    November 7, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Paula Abdul canceled her much-hyped bat mitzvah at the Western Wall, opting instead for a low-key ceremony in the town of Safed, The Times of Israel reports.

    Per Israel’s Tourism Industry, which hosted the former “American Idol” and “The X-Factor” judge, the switch was due to jet lag. But the officiating rabbi, Eyal Riess of the Tzfat Kabbalah Center, claims it was to avoid the media.

    Either way, the deed is done. Mazel Tov!

  • Women of the Wall hold calmest service in months with little police protection

    October 4, 2013 | 9:31 am

    Scores of women gathered for a Women of the Wall service at the Western Wall with little police protection and minimal disruption from protesters.

    Friday’s service, which drew 100 to 200 women, was the group’s calmest in at least six months. Women of the Wall, which gathers at...

  • Western Wall rabbi to Charedi girls: Avoid plaza for Women of the Wall service

    October 3, 2013 | 9:45 am

    The Western Wall rabbi requested that Charedi Orthodox girls not fill the plaza for the next Women of the Wall service.

    Aiming to reduce tension at the plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz made the request on Thursday, one day before the monthly Rosh Chodesh service by the group.

    ...
  • 5773 in Israel: Conclusion? Transition!

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 3, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Nothing truly ends with Rosh Hashanah except for the arbitrary calendar of the Jewish year. It is a cycle that is in our minds, with no detectable bearing on reality. Proof No. 1: I’m writing this column even as events in Syria are still unfolding. The Syrian war will not end...

  • 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...

  • Women of the Wall call alternative site a ‘wall of misfits’

    August 27, 2013 | 10:45 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    About a dozen women sit underneath a large Israeli flag at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall. They’ve been here close to 24 hours, and are getting tired. They are members of Women of the Wall (WOW), a 25-year-old group of...

  • 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...

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