Women of the Wall

The Torah Is For All Of Us

05/16/2013 - 20:00
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.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
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

Haredi Youths Rally At Western Wall To Protest Women's Prayer Group

05/09/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Haredi Orthodox youths gathered in the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as they held their monthly prayer service.

Praying For Peace: A Rabbinical Student Reports On Rosh Hodesh At The Wall

05/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As I pushed through the jampacked Kotel on Rosh Hodesh Sivan, thousands of religious girls pointed at my kippa and screamed in my face. Not only did they stick out their tongues, but they made the shape of a gun with their hands and rotated between pointing it at their heads and pointing it at mine. Scanning through the faces of the young girls, I wondered if in a different setting, we could’ve been braiding challah or lighting Shabbat candles together as friends. Some of their eyes leaked with hatrid and disgust, while some overflowed with intrigue, curiosity, and at times boredom. A large portion of the girls seemed to be mulling about, happy to be spending time with friends, and waiting for us to leave.

Jenn Maggin

The Robinson's Arch Compromise

JTA's Ben Sales takes a firsthand look at the controversy over opposing women's prayer at the Western Wall and Natan Sharansky's plan for a compromise.

Sharansky, Understanding The Need, Presses On For Kotel Changes

Support faltered, then rebounded, this week for Natan Sharansky’s bold plan to transform the Western Wall into a site for both traditional and alternative prayer, as the Jewish Agency chair held intense discussions with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s office, seeking to establish a timeline for the project and move it forward.

Hopes For Sharansky Kotel Plan Fading Fast

04/30/2013 - 20:00

Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from both Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

Don’t Waste Israel’s Moment For Change

04/30/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

A growing number of American Jews have been following with increasing outrage the plight of the Women of the Wall, the small group of activists in Jerusalem seeking to pray as a group at the Kotel (the Western Wall) in prayer shawls, kippot and tefillin.

Sharansky’s Plan: ‘An Old Solution In A New Guise’

04/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

How welcome, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s call to Modern Orthodox leaders to speak out for a new, better order at the Kotel (“Time For Modern Orthodox Leaders To Speak Out On Kotel Proposal,” Opinion, April 26).

Shulamit S. Magnus

Sharansky Kotel Plan Loses Support From Orthodox And Non-Orthodox

04/29/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from both Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

When Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of activists, including the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz.

The plan would expand the egalitarian section of the Western Wall Plaza – called Robinson’s Arch – and create a unified entrance to the Wall’s traditional and egalitarian sections. It was meant as a compromise between haredi Orthodox leaders who wanted to maintain exclusive control of the Western Wall, and religious pluralism activists who wanted the site opened to egalitarian prayer.

Sharansky: Asked by Netanyahu to find compromise at Judaism's holiest site.
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