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.
The Women of the Wall group held Passover holiday prayers at the Western Wall, but did not hold a priestly blessing ceremony, after being banned by Israel’s attorney general.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit prohibited Women of the Wall from holding a female version of the priestly blessing ceremony at the Western Wall during Passover, which starts Friday evening.
Israel public radio rejected a Women of the Wall ad that included a woman chanting parts of the priestly blessing for being “controversial.”
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.
The historic compromise that would have created an egalitarian prayer section at the holy Western Wall has been compromised.
In a move bound to draw opposition from the Orthodox establishment, feminist activists are planning to hold a first-ever priestly blessing ceremony at the Wailing Wall for and by women.
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.