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  • Jerusalem bus ads featuring young women in prayer shawls vandalized

    12 hours ago

    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

    3 days ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Women of the Wall’s collateral damage

    August 1, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Until recently, Women of the Wall (WoW) was but a distant blip on my radar. All that was changed as I came across a BBC interview, in which a prominent WoW member painted Israel as a misogynist country oppressing women. I felt I could not remain silent.

    Religious freedom and...

  • 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...

  • At Western Wall, showdown between two women’s groups

    July 25, 2013 | 11:52 am

    On the morning of July 8, at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, the Western Wall plaza was a cacophonous mess.

    Women of the Wall, the activist group that holds women’s prayer services each month at the site known as the Kotel, loudly sang festive prayers at a spot far from...

  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Battle of the heart

    July 17, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

    ...
  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Amid whistles, prayer endures

    July 17, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

    I...

  • July 16, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 16, 2013 | 3:28 am

    The US

    Headline:  U.S. Warns Egypt’s Generals Against Jeopardizing ‘Second Chance’ at Democracy

    To Read: Aaron David Miller argues against suspending aid to Egypt-

    The very last thing the United States needs right now is to be seen as punishing the Egyptian Army, because...

  • July 15, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 15, 2013 | 3:19 am

    The US

    Headline:  No Quick Impact in U.S. Arms Plan for Syria Rebels

    To Read: An American Interest feature takes a look at the history of American involvement in Syria-

    The Obama administration should thus allow the Syrian civil war to run its course, if only to avoid...

  • How best to honor diversity?

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    July 10, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    This is the week of Tisha b’Av, the 9th of Av, when we mourn the destruction of the Temples. Why are we still mourning when Israel has been reborn? 

    Tal Becker, a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, puts it this way: “Why should our pain and memory be marked in the...

  • Silence, Woman!

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 10, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I was getting off the freeway on Monday, when I saw a bumper sticker in the back window of the vehicle in front of me. It featured a picture of California State Senator Dianne Feinstein, with a dog muzzle over her mouth, and the words, “Muzzle Feinstein.”

    The message isn’t...

  • Far from Kotel, Women of the Wall pray with police protection

    July 8, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Women of the Wall conducted its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall plaza with an occasional disturbance from protesters, but the worshipers were kept far from the wall itself.

    The women, who came to the holy site Monday morning to mark the beginning of the Hebrew month of...

  • Is Netanyhau Serious About the Kotel? Four Comments on a Bad Day at the Wall

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2013 | 7:14 am

    1.

    I didn't go to the Kotel this morning to see Women of the Wall's monthly ritual of praying against all odds. My excuses are many, but don't include the presupposition that it's going to be boring: as you can see in my post from the previous month, I was pretty sure that today...

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