Numbering in the tens of thousands, the group congregated to recite a special invocation – the birkat kohanim – that descendants of Judaism’s ancient priestly class chant in large public crowds around Sukkoth and Passover.
Though UNESCO’s resolution is offensive at times, it is not the statement Palestinians celebrate and Israelis bemoan, says Eetta Prince-Gibson.
The Reform and Conservative movements in Israel and the Women of the Wall have petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to order the government to follow through on the plan to create the egalitarian prayer area next to the Western Wall.
Let’s face it: The Kotel is spiritually irrelevant anyway, Andy Bachman writes.
The Union for Reform Judaism has kicked off a letter writing campaign to the Israeli government to pressure it to implement its plan for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall Jewish holy site.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of letters addressed to “God,” Our Heavenly Father” and other monikers, as well as to the Kotel, were delivered to the Western Wall. The letters, which usually arrive without a return address and are sent to the Israel Post Lost and Found Department, are delivered before the Jewish high holidays to…
(JTA) — A large majority of American and Israeli Jews say Israel should recognize marriages and conversions performed by Reform and Conservative rabbis. A poll conducted by The Jerusalem Post and the American Jewish Committee found that 74 percent of American Jews and 62 percent of Israeli Jews believe the non-Orthodox rites should be recognized. The findings…
The Israeli government took a beating in court Monday for its failure to implement a ruling from the beginning of the year to make arrangements for non-Orthodox worship at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Leah Bieler explains how her family came to be escorted out of the Kotel plaza by an ultra-Orthodox teenager holding their ‘contraband.’