Israel Musings October 26, 2014: Women of the Wall’s historic Torah scroll smuggling reading at Kotel bat mitzvah

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Women of the Wall’s historic Torah scroll smuggling reading at Kotel bat mitzvah

By Bonnie K. Goodman

They finally did it, feminist Jewish prayer group Women of the Wall (WoW) smuggled in a tiny Torah scroll on Rosh Hodesh Chesvan Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 for a bat mitzvah torah reading to the women’s section….READ MORE
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Full Text Jewish Brief December 15, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial

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Full text of Netanyahu’s speech to the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial

Source: Times of Israel, 12-16-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Full text of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks to the Union for Reform Judaism, delivered via satellite from Jerusalem, December 15, 2013.

We’ll ensure that the Western Wall is a source of unity, not division…READ MORE

Israel Brief September 13, 2013: Medics on high alert as Israel prepares to fast during a heat wave

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Medics on high alert as Israel prepares to fast during a heat wave

Source: Haaretz , 9-13-13

Medics on high alert as Israel prepares to fast during a heat wave. IDF places West Bank under closure; airport to shut down until Saturday night; resuscitation equipment in some synagogues….READ MORE

Jewish Brief September 11, 2013: 10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

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10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

Source: Haaretz, 9-11-13

Detail from 'Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur'

Detail from ‘Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur,’ by Maurycy Gottlieb, 1878. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

You may go to synagogue every Yom Kippur and have fasted religiously since you were knee-high to a Torah scroll, but do you really know the history of this holiest of days?…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 1, 2013: Finance Minister Yair Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

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Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

Source: Arutz Sheva, 9-1-13

There was a heated debate in Cabinet on Sunday morning as Finance Minister Yair Lapid surprised the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party with a new demand: Include the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements in a government initiative for “Jewish Identity”….READ MORE

Jewish Brief August 26, 2013: Ahead of High Holidays, Naftali Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

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Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Source: JTA, 8-26-13

Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Amid continuing protests over non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall, Israel’s religious services minister unveiled a new platform for egalitarian worship at Robinson’s Arch….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 30, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu reassures Diaspora leaders he backs Sharansky plan for egalitarian prayer at Western Wall

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Netanyahu reassures Diaspora leaders he backs Sharansky plan for egalitarian prayer at Western Wall

Source: Haaretz, 6-30-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to reassure Diaspora Jewish leaders that redesign plans remain on track for the Western Wall plaza that will allow greater scope there for non-ultra-Orthodox prayer services….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief June 4, 2013: Rabbis Uri Regev & Shlomo Riskin Discuss Religion-State Relations in Israel at AJC Global Forum

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At AJC Global Forum, Rabbis Discuss Religion-State Relations in Israel

Source: AJC. 6-4-13

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Two well-known Israeli rabbis, one Orthodox and one Reform, agreed before the 1500-strong audience at AJC’s Global Forum that the coercive powers of the Israeli chief rabbinate should be ended….

Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, who heads Hiddush, an organization that promotes religious pluralism, called for the “freedom of religion and conscience” guaranteed by Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the city of Efrat and director of the Ohr Torah Stone educational network, stated that Jewish law provides far greater leeway for pluralistic interpretations of Judaism than the current Orthodox establishment allows. Discussing “Synagogue and State: The Battle Over Religious Pluralism in Israel”….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein accepts Women of the Wall court decision

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Israeli attorney general accepts Women of the Wall court decision

Source: JTA, 5-7-13

The activist group Women of the Wall will face no more legal challenges after Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided not appeal a court decision favoring the group….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 30, 2013: Nathan Sharansky’s Egalitarian Kotel plan loses support from both sides

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Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 25, 2013: Judge rules women should not have been arrested at Western Wall

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Women should not have been arrested at Western Wall, judge rules

Source: JTA, 4-25-13

Women praying together out loud at the Western Wall in prayer shawls did not disturb the public order and should not have been arrested, an Israeli court found….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 4, 2013: Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying at Kotel

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Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying at Kotel

Source: Haaretz, 4-4-13

The rabbi assured the agency chairman, Natan Sharansky, that despite a recent warning by Jerusalem police, women would not be arrested for saying the mourner’s prayer at the wall….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 14, 2013: Talmud-Era Sage Yonatan Ben Uziel’s Tomb Defaced Near Tzfat

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Talmud-Era Sage’s Tomb Defaced Near Tzfat

Source: Arutz Sheva, 2-16-13

Unidentified vandals caused damage to the tomb of Talmudic sage Yonatan Ben Uziel Saturday. The tomb is located near Amuka, in the vicinity of Tzfat, in the Upper Galilee….READ MORE

Jewish Brief February 10, 2013: Jewish scholar Rabbi David Hartman, founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute, dies at 81

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Jewish scholar Rabbi David Hartman dies

Source: JTA, 2-10-13

Rabbi David Hartman, a Jewish scholar who founded the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, has died….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 25, 2012: Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties

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Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties

Source: JTA, 12-25-12

The Haifa rabbinate has warned local hotels and event halls that they could lose their kashrut supervision if they hold New Year’s Eve parties on their premises….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 12, 2012: Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Prominent Israeli rabbi calls for recognition of non-Orthodox streams

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Prominent Israeli rabbi calls for recognition of non-Orthodox streams

Source: JTA, 12-12-12

A prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi has called for state recognition of non-Orthodox steams of Judaism….READ MORE

Israel Brief October 3, 2012: 70,000 gather at Kotel for priestly blessing

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70,000 gather at Wall for priestly blessing

Source: JTA, 10-3-12

An estimated 70,000 Jewish worshipers gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to hear the priestly blessing….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 29, 2012: Reports of ‘Provocations’ Spur Tisha b’Av Closing of Temple Mount to Jews

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Reports of ‘provocations’ spur Tisha b’Av closing of Temple Mount to Jews

Source: JTA, 7-29-12

Reports that Jewish extremists would create “provocations” spurred Jerusalem police to close the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors on Tisha b’Av….READ MORE

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