Judy Maltz (Haaretz)


Women of Wall Rebels Refuse To Back Down on Western Wall Prayer

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

Women of Wall Rebels Refuse To Back Down on Western Wall Prayer
A group of Women of the Wall activists who reject the idea of moving the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian space on Wednesday notified Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett that they are determined to continue praying, as they have for the past 25 years, at the women’s section of the Western Wall.Read More


Israelis Value Jewish Majority More Than Keeping West Bank, Poll Says

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

Israelis Value Jewish Majority More Than Keeping West Bank, Poll Says
Almost two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe it is more important for their country to maintain a Jewish majority than to maintain sovereignty over the West Bank.Read More


Conservative Wine Not Kosher Enough for Rabbis

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

Conservative Wine Not Kosher Enough for Rabbis
The Chief Rabbinate has issued a warning that wine produced by the first Israeli winery to be supervised by the Masorti Movement, as the Conservative Movement is called in Israel, is not kosher.Read More


127 Rabbis Will Discuss Women's Prayer at Western Wall for High Holidays

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

127 Rabbis Will Discuss Women's Prayer at Western Wall for High Holidays
The struggle for women to pray as they see fit at the Western Wall will be the focus of High Holy Day sermons at congregations across the United States, as part of an organized campaign to galvanize support for greater religious tolerance in Israel.Read More


Rabbi Eliezer Silver Trove Goes on Auction Block

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

Rabbi Eliezer Silver Trove Goes on Auction Block
A huge collection of letters, manuscripts, religious artifacts and photographs belonging to one of the leading rabbinical authorities of 20th-century America will be put up for public sale on Wednesday in Jerusalem.Read More






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