Women of the Wall has more influence over prayer at the Kotel than ever. So why do some members accuse the movement’s leaders of selling out its most cherished ideals?
The Western Wall rabbi requested that haredi Orthodox girls not fill the plaza for the next Women of the Wall service.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: The ongoing drama over prayer at the Western Wall encapsulates all that divides the Jewish people — and what can unify us.
A new prayer platform next to the Western Wall is framed by its creators as a step forward for women’s access to the holy site. That’s not how Women of the Wall see it.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: The parties’ platforms reflect their philosophies. Both parties have shifted rightward on domestic issues since 1980, but the GOP has taken a sharper turn.
There are three lessons from the Democrats’ Jerusalem platform snafu, J.J. Goldberg writes. Jews still matter. Israel matters to Jews. And Muslim Americans are emerging as a political force.
There’s been important changes at the Democratic National Convention in relation to the party’s view on Israel. A vote has been held to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But it was a vote that only just passed. A vote that should have been simple. The thought was there’d be a clear majority voting yes to pass the amendment. So, no clear decision. Take two. The planned change was suddenly looking not so simple. A pause while the embarrassed Antonio Villaraigosa VIA-RAG-OSA tried to work out what to do. And then a rather awkward third vote. So the vote was passed, and the platform changed - to the sound of boos. The party and more importantly President Obama wanted to push this through. To change its platform - a core belief held by the party - to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was their platform in 2008 - but was watered down after criticism the Democrats were too pro-Israeli. After the vote the Jewish chair of the Democratic National Committee tried to down-play it. Clarity maybe, but many delegates felt this was a crucial change. But others were less emphatic, marking the division within the party. The platform has been changed. But how much will the embarrassing vote affect Jewish trust in the Democrats? Clearly divisions exist and will continue to exist in the Democrat party over how Israel is viewed. The important thing is the officially party line. And how this vote and the strengthening of the party’s position may help to win …
The Knesset speaker excoriated the Democrats for initially leaving out (then putting back in) mention of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The deputy speaker disagrees.
A day of criticism and damage control efforts ended when President Barack Obama ordered the party to reinstate language recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.