Natan Sharansky's Western Wall Prayer Plan Loses Support — On Both Sides

After Court Win, Women Call Kotel Plan 'Irrelevant'

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By JTA

Published April 30, 2013.

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Hoffman told JTA that the ruling “allows Women of the Wall to pray how we always wished – with women of all denominations in the women’s section, with our prayer shawls and Torah and shofar.”

““We have three options: to reject Sharansky’s plan, to embrace Sharansky’s plan, or to say that right now it is not relevant for Women of the Wall,” Hoffman told JTA. “It’s completely not relevant for us. Our victory in court means that our place is safe.”

Hoffman noted that the specifics of the plan have not yet been revealed, and when the plan will be implemented remains unclear. She added that her group includes Orthodox women who would object to praying in an egalitarian prayer space.

“As a group that is multidenominational, we want to be sensitive to every member of our group,” she said.

Rabinowitz could not be reached for immediate comment. But his statement released last week said that he will let Israel’s haredi-dominated Chief Rabbinate decide whether to support the compromise.

“We must, along with the Chief Rabbinate and other great rabbis, examine if we should oppose the proposal referring to Robinson’s Arch, which is not part of the Western Wall synagogue, if this would be a solution acceptable to everyone,” the statement said.

Women of the Wall will meet on Friday, May 10 for their monthly service. The group has announced that, following the court decision, a member would read from the Torah in the women’s section – which the group has not done for a decade.



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