Women of the Wall

Sharansky Urges Equal Prayer At Wall

Historic plan seen as victory for pluralism; ‘one Western Wall for one Jewish people.’

04/10/2013
Editor And Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Gary Rosenblatt

Sharansky Recommends Equal Prayer

Plan will likely face Orthodox opposition and depends on enlarging the area of the Wall dedicated to prayer.

04/09/2013
Editor and Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Natan Sharansky

Sharansky Plan For Equal Prayer At Kotel Moving Forward

Historic proposal would be a major victory for pluralism.

04/09/2013
Editor and Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, has prepared a bold and grand plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

An Awakening At The Kotel

Joined by female MKs and supported by a growing roster of celebrities, Women of the Wall crosses a ‘tipping point.’ Is Barbra next?

03/13/2013
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — On Tuesday, Rosh Hodesh Nissan, members of the group Women of the Wall and their supporters gathered, as they do at the start of every Jewish month, at the back of the Western Wall’s women’s section.

Jerusalem — On Tuesday, Rosh Hodesh Nissan.

Oddly Peaceful Prayers

Joined by female MKs and supported by celebrities, Women of the Wall crosses a ‘tipping point.’ Is Barbra next?

03/12/2013
Israel Correspondent

On Tuesday, Rosh Hodesh Nissan, members of the group Women of the Wall and their supporters gathered, as they do at the start of every Jewish month, at the back of the Western Wall’s women’s section.

For the first time in almost 2 years, Israeli police did not detain Women of the Wall participants. Michele Chabin

Women Of The Wall And Of Israel

What can, and must change.

02/22/2013

On my recent trip to France and Israel, I arrived in Jerusalem from Paris on the first day of Rosh Hodesh Adar– a Sunday– and was scheduled to read Torah at our minyan in the hotel on Monday, the second day of Rosh Hodesh. When I made that commitment, I hadn’t taken into account the monthly service of the Women of the Wall, which was to take place that Monday morning as well. Had I been more conscious of it, I might have made it my business to go.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Women To Build Their Own Wall

02/21/2013

 

Fed up with conflict over how women can worship at the Western Wall, a group of Jewish feminists has begun reconstruction of the Eastern Wall, where they expect to be able to do as they please, thank you very much.

The Wall For All

02/15/2013

President Obama is now set to visit Israel in March. I’m sure he has a busy itinerary filled with many important meetings with many important people. Yet, in my dreams, I like to imagine that he would have an opportunity to sit down with a particularly important person: Anat Hoffman, of the Israel Religious Action Center, and chairwoman of Women of the Wall.

Rabbi Marci Bellows

UPDATE: Ten Women Detained At Western Wall

Women were wearing prayer shawls in violation of Wall regulations, police say.

02/11/2013
Staff Writer

(Adds comment from detained female rabbi, further comment from Jewish Agency)

Ten women were detained at the Western Wall on Monday, the highest number held at one time amid a spate of similar incidents in recent months, according to a press release from Women of the Wall, a Jerusalem-based group that has been agitating for more than 20 years for the right of women to pray audibly as a group at the Wall.

Ten women were arrested Monday for praying at the Wall in prayer shawls. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall by Michal Fattal

The Diaspora's Frustration With Israel: A Good Thing

American Jews absolutely love to speak and behave as though what we think should have immediate practical and political bearing in Israel.

Women of the Wall, which agitates for prayer rights at the Kotel, has much American support. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall
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