(RNS) While some proclaim a deal to provide women an alternative prayer space near the Western Wall as a step toward religious and gender diversity in Israel, an American Jewish feminist says it’s an act of betrayal.
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JERUSALEM (RNS) Many Jews contested the status quo, in which prayer at the Wall followed only the strictest interpretation of Jewish law.
JERUSALEM — An Israeli official said the new plaza will take at least a year to complete. Unlike the Western Wall, it will not have a state-employed rabbi, but will be run by a committee.
(RNS) From escalating anti-Semitic attacks in Europe to modest gains for religious equality among Israel’s Jewish women, here’s a list of newsy Jewish developments in 2015.
JERUSALEM (RNS) “Preventing the participation of women in state ceremonies, such as the ceremony in our case, just because they are women, is unacceptable discrimination,” Israel’s deputy attorney general said.
JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli women’s rights organization says the administrator of the Western Wall lacks the legal authority to withhold Torah scrolls from any Jewish worshipper.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Once the men’s service concluded, a female WOW activist stepped into the men’s section, grabbed the Torah and took it into the women’s section.
JERUSALEM (RNS) For decades, the site’s sole menorah has been lit on the men’s side of the wall, a fact that has angered Israeli and American women’s rights activists.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Bar mitzvah boys are encouraged to read from the Torah at the Western Wall, but the state-supported Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which is run by Israel’s Orthodox establishment, prohibits girls and women from doing so.