The women were questioned, pulled aside into a private room and asked to lift their shirts and skirts.
“The courts are not the appropriate tribunal to decide if Jewish law can be changed and the holy sites can be desecrated.”
The suspension of the Western Wall compromise was just the latest example of Jews loving holy spaces more than they love fellow Jews.
The government of Israel told the nation’s Supreme Court that it plans to expand and upgrade a space for non-Orthodox prayer.
It may be because the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate of Israel doesn’t want to acknowledge that women can be rabbis at all.
Jewish leaders in the U.K., where around 25% of the Jewish population is Reform or Masorti (Conservative), condemned the failure of the compromise.
The Diaspora isn’t ready to sit in the back of the bus.
We should learn how to share important spaces such as the Kotel rather than create a false unity that excludes millions of Jews.
If we truly want to promote religious pluralism, we — the American Jewish community — must not allow anyone to stamp out Jewish pluralism on campus.
Netanyahu’s decision should be viewed not as a humiliating slap in the face, but as an opportunity to redefine our goals as non-Orthodox Jews.