Western Wall

On Jerusalem Day, Don’t Write Off Liberals

05/04/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

May 12 (Iyar 28) will mark 43 years since the Israeli army’s triumphal entry into the Old City of Jerusalem. This is certainly a moment for the Jewish People to celebrate the restoration of Judaism’s holiest sites to our people.

On Jerusalem Day, Don’t Write Out Jews On The Left

04/30/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

May 12 (Iyar 28) will mark 43 years since the Israeli army’s triumphal entry into the Old City of Jerusalem. This is certainly a moment for the Jewish People to celebrate the restoration of Judaism’s holiest sites to our people.

Lost, Lonely & Vicious

Something Vicious: This is the ultimate extention of British Mandate-Obama Mandate logic. The UK has banned an ad for Israeli tourism because it shows the Western Wall. The Kotel, of course, was always part of Israel. Where else would the Temple have been built? 

For Palestinians, Judenrein Areas Is A Given

 At our seders this week we will recite at the outset, "let all who are hungry come and eat."

It's a reminder of the universal as well as particular aspect of the seder in general, and of Judaism in general, a timely reminder at a point of deep tension between Washington and Jerusalem over Israel's treatment of its Arab minority and neighbors. The Obama administration wants Israel to stop building in east Jerusalem, even though the neighborhood in question is Jewish and surrounded by the Jewish neighborhoods of French Hill and Ramot.

Chairs Thrown At Women Of The Wall

03/18/2010

(JTA) — Two haredi men were arrested after allegedly throwing chairs at women preparing to pray at the Western Wall.
 
The women, from the Women of the Wall organization, had gathered Tuesday to mark the first day of the month of Nisan.
 
The women had not yet put on tefillin, which in the past has upset ultra-Orthodox visitors to the wall.
 
The police reportedly sent about 40 officers to protect the women.

Kotel Schnorrer Pleased With Portfolio Rebound

02/26/2010

 In March of 2007, after nearly 40 years of schnorring at the Kotel plaza, Yonky “Gelt Schmeller” Pakolovich was ready to retire.  At 61 he felt it was time to pack in his pushka  and spend some quality time with his 18 children and 411 grandchildren.  Unfortunately, the financial crisis hit and Yonky’s plans came to a crashing halt.

Great Shopping (And History, Too)

12/05/2007
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Residents of Mamilla, a century-old neighborhood located right outside the Old City of Jerusalem, have been eyewitnesses to many important events in the city’s turbulent history.

In 1948 and 1967, they either fled or shuttered themselves in their homes as soldiers fought on their doorsteps. Now, during happier times, they watch tens of thousands of Israelis march to the Western Wall to celebrate holidays.

Hidden In Plain Sight

07/02/2009
Israel Correspondent Jerusalem

When east and west   Jerusalem were reunited in 1967, Israelis — who had been denied access to the eastern part of the city, including the Western Wall, from 1948 to 1967 — flocked to the Kotel, to the Old City’s decimated Jewish Quarter, and to the colorful stores, restaurants and cultural sites that dotted the eastern half of the city.

Hidden In Plain Sight

Israel Correspondent
03/20/2009

When east and west Jerusalem were reunited in 1967, Israelis — who had been denied access to the eastern part of the city, including the Western Wall, from 1948 to 1967 — flocked to the Kotel, to the Old City’s decimated Jewish Quarter, and to the colorful stores, restaurants and cultural sites that dotted the eastern half of the city.

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The Coolest Tourism

Special To The Jewish Week
03/20/2009

They may not have the historical significance of Masada or the religious meaning of the Western Wall, but for pure refreshment it’s hard to beat Israel’s several water parks.

Those who escape steamy New York City for the cooler temperatures upstate each summer can well understand the need for relief from an Israeli summer heat wave. In Tel Aviv, summer temperatures can reach up to 108 degrees, with 95 percent humidity.

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