While World Jews are extremely interested in and sensitive to Israel, members of the Israeli government often ignores and disrespects them.
This Yom Kippur, I long for male leaders who are healing, connecting, and loving.
Netanyahu reneged on an agreement to create a space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem where we could pray.
One recent afternoon, while I was riding on a gender-segregated bus in Jerusalem, an Orthodox woman told me she didn’t mind sitting in back and out of sight, because it helped the men “keep cleanliness of the eyes.” Her reasoning was familiar to me; it followed a logic similar to the rationale behind a men-only path at the Western Wall that was cleared just two years ago so that men would not have to look upon women as they make their way to the Kotel to pray. It’s no coincidence that Jerusalem’s first gender-segregated buses were for routes going to and from the Wall.