Women of the Wall

Chaos At The Kotel

Women of the Wall cordoned off by police, while egg-throwing, whistle-blowing haredi protesters hurled insults.

07/09/2013
Israel Correspondent
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Jerusalem — The Women of the Wall experienced “a first” on Monday morning, the first day of the month of Av, but not one to their liking. 

The scene Monday as Women of the Wall participants pray, but not at the Western Wall. Michele Chabin

Women Of The Wall Blocked From Kotel

07/08/2013
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JERUSALEM – Women of the Wall conducted its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall plaza with occasional disturbance from protesters, but were quarantined far from the wall itself.

Women of the Wall gathered Monday morning to celebrate the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall

Haredim, Democracy And Women Of The Wall

07/02/2013
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The Haredi Spring is coming to an end — and not a moment too soon. In the recent election in Israel, the majority rose up and called a halt to the process of haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, Jews playing a dominant role in the government coalition while resisting national service. Requirements for army service and incentives to work instead of living on welfare are now being discussed in the Knesset. The haredim have reacted by insisting that their way of life and privileges were sacrosanct and could not be reined in by the democratic process. In truth, they have never seemed comfortable with real democracy.

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: I Didn't Show Up, And I Regret It

06/09/2013
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Maybe I could oversleep. Does public transportation even run at 6 a.m.? Or maybe I could convince my friend that she didn’t want to go and use the excuse that I couldn’t go alone. Am I too old to blame my mom for not letting me go? All valid (kind of) reasons why I could theoretically miss this morning’s Rosh Chodesh Tammuz prayers with Women of the Wall.

Rachel Frank

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: Showing Up For Women Of The Wall

06/09/2013
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I woke up this morning at 5:35 a.m., hopped on my bicycle, and pedaled toward downtown Jerusalem.  I quickly locked up my bike and boarded a police-escorted miniature bus headed toward the Kotel.

Marc Hendel

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.

Welcome To The ‘Feminist Revolution’

From public transportation to prayer at the Western Wall to the halls of the Knesset, women’s empowerment is on the march in Israel.

Israel Correspondent
05/29/2013

Jerusalem — It’s taken 65 years, but women’s rights are finally a mainstream issue in Israeli society.

Members of Women of the Wall lift their voices in prayer. Getty Images

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.

The Torah Is For All Of Us

05/17/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In all of the storied history of the Jewish people, there was no single event that had greater short and long-term consequences than the revelation of Torah at Sinai. 

The festival of Shavuot, which we celebrated this week, marked the anniversary of that extraordinary (in both the literal and figurative senses of the word) day.  It encouraged us to recall, or recreate, if you will, the power, majesty and mystery of that luminous moment when God and humanity communed as one.  The world would never be the same thereafter.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Tensions Seen Mounting On Prayer At Wall

With women’s group and ultra-Orthodox at odds, new religious affairs minister has his back to the Wall.

05/14/2013
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Last week’s milestone prayer service at the Western Wall with women wrapped in prayer shawls and tefillin was likened by Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman to the “liberation” of the ancient holy site in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett: Wants legislative fix to problem. Getty Images
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