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  • Why the Western Wall deal is a victory for now, but not forever

    4 days ago

    On the morning of Dec. 1, 1988, a group of about 70 Jewish women entered the sacred space of the Western Wall. The women represented all the major streams of Judaism. Some wore prayer shawls or kippahs. Some did not. One woman cradled a Torah in her arms.

    Together, their voices...

  • The two Kotels solution: Cheer it with a grain of sadness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    I am taking a short break from US election coverage. It is caucus day in Iowa, where I’m currently staying, and nothing means much until we have the results tonight (read my three latest stories from Iowa: Sanders and Israel: Please say something, Des Moines Diary: Duped by Trump...

  • Sharansky applauds ‘One Kotel for One People’

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks 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...

  • Women of the Wall Abandons its Mission

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 weeks ago

    Social media is all abuzz today about the news about a “new” egalitarian prayer space that is being created in Jerusalem. Some are, mistakenly, hailing it as a great victory. I see it as an abandonment of its mission by an organization I have vocally supported for years, the Women...

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  • Western Wall prayer fight ends with historic compromise

    2 weeks 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...

  • Women of the Wall decries report that PM promised Charedi parties no change at Kotel

    December 30, 2015 | 11:37 am

    The Women of the Wall group vowed to continue reading from the Torah in the women’s section of the Kotel in the wake of a report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Charedi Orthodox parties that it still would not be allowed.

    Army Radio reported Tuesday that Netanyahu...

  • 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...

  • Year in review: Looking back at 5775

    September 10, 2015 | 11:39 am

    As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

    September 2014

    At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on ISIS; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likens Iran to...

  • Rabbi of Western Wall apologizes for kippah incident

    July 7, 2015 | 11:29 am

    The rabbi of the Western Wall apologized that a woman was turned away from the holy site for wearing a kippah, but said he was not familiar with the incident.

    Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch said in a statement issued Tuesday that if the incident did occur, the response was incorrect.

    ...
  • Fisking “Religions Minister: ‘Reform Jews Are a Disaster to the Nation’”

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 17, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Sometimes you read an article that is just crying out for a fisk.

    “Religious Affairs Minister David Azulai (Shas) and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) met on Tuesday to discuss the Women of the Wall (WoW), who despite being given an egalitarian area…”

    Being given an...

  • 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...

  • Why yesterday’s Women of the Wall drama is a big deal — and why it isn’t

    April 21, 2015 | 9:11 am

    A man was trampled. A raucous protest broke out, restrained only by police. The Western Wall’s mechitza — a partition between men and women considered sacrosanct — was breached by those who ostensibly care about it most.

    The brouhaha that erupted yesterday at Women of the Wall’s...

  • 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...

  • Jerusalem bus ads featuring young women in prayer shawls vandalized

    October 22, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Several public buses featuring photos of young women wearing kippot and prayer shawls were vandalized in Jerusalem. 
     
    The buses had their tires slashed and ads defaced with spray paint in the Charedi Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim. Charedi men were responsible for the...
  • Anat, don’t ram a bus into Israel’s new-found unity

    October 20, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    It’s not common for a society to undergo a mindset shift in the space of four months. Yet that’s exactly what happened in Israel this summer.
     
    The Israel of October 2014 is not the same country we lived in just a few short months ago. Most of us didn’t do anything to make it...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Calendar November 30-December 6

    By Laura Donney

    November 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    SUN | DEC 1

    CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE DAY 

    A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a...

  • 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...

  • Letters to the editor: Women of the Wall, Jewish divorces and religion in universities

    November 6, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    Western Wall Negotiation

    Women of the Wall did not decide to pray on [Religious Affairs Minister Naftali] Bennett’s sun deck (“A Kotel Platform for No One?” Oct. 25). We decided to negotiate with the government on the creation of a third section at the Kotel. This section will...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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.

    ...
  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • 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...

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