David Sharan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s U.S.-born chief of staff, who is heading negotiations on an egalitarian Western Wall plaza, will be the Israeli Cabinet’s next secretary.
Some say that U.S. Jews are united in wanting a progressive Western Wall plaza. But that ignores the sizable and growing Orthodox segment of the population, Avi Shafran writes.
Just as it would be untenable to ignore the problem necessitating the two-state solution, Israel can’t keep ignoring the problem necessitating the two-wall solution, Stuart Charme argues.
Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews flexed their muscle and put the egalitarian prayer deal for the Western Wall on ice. Now, the Conservative and Reform movements are battling back.
As we walk toward our holy site, we are treading on the foundations of someone else’s destroyed home, writes Tova Hartman. Our prayers there should acknowledge that.
It wasn’t long ago that Israeli leaders were trumpeting a historic agreement to allow egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. Shulamit S. Magnus asks how it all went so wrong — and explains who dropped the ball.
Once upon a time, a group of women came together to fight for their right to pray at the Western Wall. Today, that group has fractured, and its factions fortunes have diverged. How did we get here?
The Western Wall rabbi just denounced the Western Wall deal. Its supporters aren’t worried. And Women of the Wall activists are looking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to back them up.
The Western Wall rabbi withdrew his support for a deal establishing a separate egalitarian prayer section at the holy site.
Religious Services Minister David Azoulay is refusing to sign the new regulations that will establish an egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, causing embarrassment to the government and his Shas faction chairman, Arye Dery.