Women of the Wall

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

10/06/2013 - 20:00

 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.

Resist Sermonizing On Women Of The Wall

09/01/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Is New Kotel Plan Meant To Split Advocates For Equal Prayer Rights?

Surprise announcement of non-Orthodox zone approved, reluctantly, by Reform and Conservative, but not Women of the Wall.
08/26/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem - What the Israeli government is calling an “interim” arrangement to enable more non-Orthodox Jews to pray at Robinson’s Arch has received grudging support from Reform and Conservative leaders but not from Women of the Wall.

The Israeli government’s “interim” arrangement creates a section for mixed-gender prayer.

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

08/24/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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

Behind Police Barrier, Women Of The Wall Raise Scroll

08/06/2013 - 20:00

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 wall but distant from it, during Women of the Wall’s monthly Rosh Chodesh service.

Chaos At The Kotel

Women of the Wall cordoned off by police, while egg-throwing, whistle-blowing haredi protesters hurled insults.
07/08/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

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

07/07/2013 - 20:00

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

07/01/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

06/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

06/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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
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