I suspect that many people are not aware that leaders of Judaism's Conservative and Reform movements, as well as Jewish Federations, are agreeing t...
How can we call for more women to represent us if we don't even know who is already sitting there? We know about Tzipi Livni and we know about Yitzhak Molcho, who are leading the talks for the Israeli side, but that is pretty much it.
Earlier today, on October 10th, 2013, this statement was issued by Women of the Wall (WOW) in Jerusalem and in the Diaspora. It states that WOW is not going to compromise for a site that is not the Kotel--even if that site is dubbed "The Wall," or close enough to "The Wall." Here is our statement.
Although women have been granted the right to wear tallitot at the Wall, the future for a pluralistic Judaism there is dubious in light of the Mendelblit plan. Yet Hallel Abramowitz-Silverman is optimistic.
If we only look at Israel from one end of the spectrum, or one part of the prism, with regard to a mass multitude of religious, cultural and social issues, we are not allowing ourselves to see a true picture.
This week, we are immersed in the days leading up to the most mournful day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av, which marks the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and the horrific degradation and loss of life that were wrought.
I think the shakeup at the Western Wall is one of the best things to happen to Israel in decades. It's a popular uprising for change, for real democracy.
Women of the Wall beckon toward a new human era when women are fully safe and at home in the public domain -- as leaders and decision-makers -- in spiritual, ritual, community and political life. How does Miriam, an ultra-Orthodox woman, feel in our midst?
We are American rabbis from different denominations; we know there are different ways to be a Jew. We know that the ability to disagree civilly does not grow spontaneously. It takes many years of cultivating relationships and building trust through listening, sharing and working together.
Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time, whether by coincidence or not, can lead to macro change. I don't know what is going to happen at the Western Wall in the future, but the times they are certainly a-changing.
Instead of fighting over the different forms of prayer, let us pray over the different forms of fighting, and ask that we reunite as one, with our hearts and ears, in respect and in dignity.
Criminals. Troublemakers. Attention seekers. These are just a few of the names that Women of the Wall have been called. I've met these women, I've prayed with them.
For the last 24 years we have been going to the Western Wall with only one goal in mind: to pray as a community of women with Torah and talllit, in full voice. This struggle for our rights as Jewish women has put me in newspapers as well as in prison; however, my intention from the beginning was neither of these things. I simply wanted to pray at Judaism's holiest site.
Many years ago, when I was a feisty 16-year-old, I had a meaningful experience at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. No, it wasn't a religious awakening or a spiritual vision. Rather, it was a new understanding of the power of compromise.
The media is wild over the Women of the Wall controversy, and it's not hard to understand why. It deliciously combines women's rights issues, religion and, media's favorite topic, the Middle East, all in one bite-sized package of scandal.
Last week, 15 narrow-minded men tried to outlaw women saying the Kaddish at the Western Wall. There was so much blowback that they rescinded their ban. I cannot imagine, I do not want to imagine, that we have returned to a time where being a woman is both demeaning and dangerous.