Service Dogs

Blind To The Rights Of The Disabled

Why guide dogs should be allowed at the Western Wall.

10/01/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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Sixty blind people with guide dogs recently toured the Old City of Jerusalem. Despite the eternal darkness they experience, they were flooded with light. Touching the stones of the Jewish Quarter brought tears to their sightless eyes. However, they could not approach the prayer site sanctified by a myriad of Jewish tears over the millennia, since Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who holds the title of rabbi of the Western Wall, has ruled that the Western Wall plaza is off limits to all types of animals — guide dogs included.

The author urges Western Wall plaza officials to uphold human rights doctrine as well as Jewish tradition.
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