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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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

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Battle of wills at Western Wall

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Battle of wills at Western Wall

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-10-13

Women of the Wall conduct monthly prayer, this time with prayer shawls, prompting mass haredi demonstration • Haredim throw stones, trash bags at Women of the Wall • Jerusalem Police chief: Painful to see Western Wall turn into battlefield….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesting Women of the Wall prayer service in Jerusalem

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Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesting Women of the Wall prayer service in Jerusalem

Source: Haaretz, 5-10-13

A tense stand-off in Jerusalem on Friday morning, while the Women of the Wall hold their first monthly prayer service at the Western Wall since a recent landmark ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that it is not a violation of “local custom”….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Haredi women mass at Kotel for standoff with feminist group

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Haredi women mass at Kotel for standoff with feminist group

Source: The Times of Israel, 5-10-13 

Clashes erupted at Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza early Friday morning, as thousands of ultra-Orthodox teenagers attempted to prevent the Women of the Wall from holding their monthly egalitarian prayer session at the site….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 Political Brief January 1, 2013: Likud Party’s Moshe Feiglin detained for praying at Temple Mount

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Likud’s Moshe Feiglin detained for praying at Temple Mount

Source: JTA, 1-1-13

Likud Party activist Moshe Feiglin was detained and later released by Israel Police after praying on the Temple Mount….READ MORE

 

 

Israel Political Brief December 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Western Wall belongs to Israel despite UN pronouncements

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Netanyahu: Western Wall belongs to Israel despite U.N. pronouncements

Source: JTA, 12-23-12

The Western Wall belongs to Israel, despite what the United Nations says, Israeli Prime Minister said in interviews with Israel’s three major networks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Western Wall ‘will be ours forever’

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Netanyahu: Western Wall ‘will be ours forever’

Source: JTA, 12-16-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall that the site “will be ours forever.”….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: Israelis mark Tisha b’Av

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Source: JTA, 8-9-11

Tens of thousands of Jews visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem to mark the solemn day of Tisha b’Av.

Worshipers who gathered Tuesday to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples recited the Book of Lamentations while sitting on the ground in front of the Wall.

Two Jewish worshipers were removed from the Temple Mount Plaza, The Jerusalem Post reported, after asking for permission to pray at the site, which is prohibited for Jews.  Two Arabs also were removed from the area after attempting to incite other Arabs against the Jewish worshipers, according to the Post.

Worshipers had come to the Wall to pray and recite Lamentations on Monday night, when the commemoration began.

The party atmosphere at the protest tent city on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv was dampened for Tisha b’Av, with the reading of Lamentations and lectures.

On Sunday, the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel asked Mayor Ron Huldai in a letter to call on the tent city to respect the solemn day.

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