Western Wall

Timberlake Tweets Of Unforgettable Visit To Western Wall

05/28/2014
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JERUSALEM  — Justin Timberlake visited the Western Wall in the wee hours a day before his concert in Tel Aviv.

Women Of The Wall Present Conditions For Egalitarian Section

10/28/2013
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Women of the Wall presented the conditions under which the group would move its monthly prayer service to a third, egalitarian section of the Western Wall’s plaza.

Longtime Women Of The Wall Members Protest Robinson’s Arch Decision

10/15/2013
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Ten longtime members of Women of the Wall are protesting the organization’s agreement to meet at Robinson’s Arch if certain conditions are met.

Women of the Wall members praying at the Western Wall plaza to mark the Hebrew month of Av. Miriam Alster/Flash90

Women Of The Wall Agree To Pray In Egalitarian Space, With Conditions

10/07/2013
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 Women of the Wall agreed in principle to pray in a new egalitarian space adjacent to the Western Wall Plaza, provided that the space meets several conditions regarding design and management.

Blind To The Rights Of The Disabled

Why guide dogs should be allowed at the Western Wall.

10/01/2013
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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.

Resist Sermonizing On Women Of The Wall

09/02/2013
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An initiative inviting 100 rabbis to deliver sermons about the Women of the Wall this High Holiday Season has enlisted dozens of rabbis. Although I understand why it is irresistible, I am not impressed.

New Plan Keeps Kotel Plaza For 'Orthodox' Services, Moves Others To Platform

08/25/2013
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In an attempt to soothe tensions at the Western Wall ahead of the High Holidays over the issue of women’s right to pray there collectively, the Israeli government has built a platform for services outside the main plaza, a move denounced as “exile” by the primary group that has been pushing for change at one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

The new platform built for "non-Orthodox" services at the Kotel. Photo courtesy Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs

Guard Had Clashed With Jewish Man Shot At Western Wall

06/21/2013
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The security guard who fatally shot an Israeli homeless man at the Western Wall plaza early Friday is under investigation for murder.

The guard, a Druze who had been on the job for a short time, reportedly had clashed previously with Doron Ben Shlush. He was arrested after the incident on Friday morning and ordered held for five days. His name is under a gag order.
A police investigation has determined that Ben Shlush yelled “Druze, you son of a bitch” at the security guard, according to the Times of Israel.

Israel's Chief Rabbis Receive Death Threats Over Women Of Wall Prayer

06/03/2013
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Israel’s chief rabbis received death threats in letters to their offices warning them to allow the Women of the Wall to pray “in accordance with our customs.”

The letters, headlined “This is a last warning,” were delivered Monday to the offices of Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar. A complaint was filed with the security officer of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Women Of The Wall Leader Harassed With Threatening Graffiti

05/20/2013
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Threatening graffiti was spray-painted on the Jerusalem home of a longtime board member of Women of the Wall.

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