With the creation of a new pluralist Kotel section, Israeli girls will see that they need not be marginalized and silenced by Judaism, writes Women of the Wall’s Batya Kallus.
The Western Wall will now host more traditional Jews in one area and more progressive Jews in another. Avi Shafran asks: Is it worth the price?
Celebrate the Western Wall compromise, but remember that the issue of prayer at the Kotel is only one of many in the arena of religious freedom that Israel must fix.
For the founders of Women of the Wall the goal has always been clear: different denominations of Jewish women praying together at the Kotel in the women’s section. This new compromise falls short.
The ‘liberation’ of the Kotel has always been a largely Diasporic fight, and as such, was bound to be laden with compromise, Jane Eisner writes.
Now that there will be a secondary space to which one can banish the Kotel’s undesirables, will others be shunted away — including certain men?
Israel’s tourism minister said Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to a Jewish man, in which a rabbi officiated with a priest, shows how assimilated Reform Jews are in the United States.
If Gabriela Geselowitz wants to pray at the Kotel, she’ll have to go to a part that isn’t from the postcards, the documentaries, the images of Jewish Jerusalem that the world knows. And that hurts.
American Reform and Conservative leaders are cheering the historic deal to create egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. They say it’s the first serious step toward honoring Israel’s commitment to religious plurality — but why is it bigger news in the Diaspora than in Israel?
A chorus of non-Orthodox and Diaspora leaders praised the landmark interdenominational compromise on the Western Wall.