Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Letters

Progressive Orthodox Rabbis Stand With Reform Leaders Attacked At Kotel

We are appalled and outraged by the events at the Kotel this week, when Reform rabbis and lay leaders were physically attacked by Kotel security guards. The Reform leaders were engaged in an act of civil disobedience to push for implementation of the Kotel agreement, which the Netanyahu government disavowed after months of negotiation. One can agree or disagree with civil disobedience as a change strategy, but responding with violence is not acceptable, especially at our holiest site. It also involves several Torah and rabbinic prohibitions. This is not the way of Torah.

We affirm our belief that the Kotel belongs to all Jews, and call upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to implement a practical and equitable solution to allow for a pluralistic prayer space at the Kotel.

We condemn in no uncertain terms recent Orthodox claims that Reform Jews are “worse than Holocaust deniers,” “idolaters,” and “not Jews.” Although we have significant theological and Halachic differences with Reform Judaism, Reform Jews are our brothers and sisters, and Reform rabbis and leaders are admirable in their dedication to Klal Yisrael. They are people with and from whom we can learn, and without their contributions to our people we would be impoverished.

Rabbi David Bigman

Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger

Rabbanit Dr. Carmella Abraham

Rabbi Yehoshua Engelman

Rabbi Daniel Geretz

Rabbi Dr. Mel Gottlieb

Rabbi Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg

Rabbi Herzl Hefter

Rabbi Tyson Herberger

Rabbi David Jaffe

Rabbi David Kalb

Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

Rabbanit Rachel Keren

Rabbi Fred Klein

Rabbanit Oshra Koren

Rabbi Daniel Landes

Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Rabbi Avram Mlotek

Rabbi Dina Najman

Rabbi Micah Odenheimer

Rabbi Dr. Ariel Picard

Rabbi Gabriel Kretzmer-Seed

Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein

Rabbi Devin Villarreal

Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz

Engage

  • Events

    Haart to Haart

    Virtual

    Dec 7, 2022

    7 pm ET · 

    A conversation with Julia Haart and her son Shlomo, stars of Netflix's 'My Unorthodox Life,' about the new season and much more.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.