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Plain Vanilla: Yom Kippur

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Just how sophisticated should our game plan be for Yom Kippur? ...

If You Build It, He Will Come: Parshat Terumah

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In Exodus 25:8, G-d promises the Jewish people that if they build the Tabernacle, He will dwell amongst them. But isn't G-d already everywhere? And now that the Tabernacle and the Temples have been destroyed, where does G-d reside?

A Wall of Healing: How Splitting the Kotel Can Bring Us All Together

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Being Jewish is not just about being Jewish my way. While I choose to pray only in spaces where there are no divisions based on gender, I know there are Jews for whom such a division is essential. And not just men.

Are You Really Ready to Give Up the Kotel?

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

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...

WATCH: Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" Bat Mitzvah

Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Paula Abdul has been bat mitzvahed! Abandoning earlier plans for a high-profile bat mitzvah at the Western Wall during her trip to Israel, Paula Ab...

Mazel Tov, Paula Abdul!

Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Paula Abdul touched down in Israel on last week with a very special goal -- to celebrate her bat mitzvah at the Western Wall. The Los Angeles-born sta...

Women Of The Wall Planning Selichot Services At Kotel

Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

Women of the Wall have been fighting a 25-year long battle "to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls,...

Tisha B'Av at the Kotel

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

Yesterday, Jews around the world observed Tisha B'Av, a fast day commemorating half a dozen Jewish tragedies, the most significant being the destructions of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

Small-d Democracy At Israel's Western Wall

Harvey Stein | Posted 09.10.2013 | World
Harvey Stein

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.

Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem.

Civility And Tolerance At Judaism's Holiest Site: An Open Letter From Los Angeles Rabbis

Rabbi Judith HaLevy | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Judith HaLevy

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.

Why I Now Support Women Of The Wall And Religious Freedom In Israel

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Empathy is never easy. As a man, I confess that I have struggled to be empathetic to the cause of a group of women that has been coming to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem for close to a quarter century to pray in protest of the religious freedom they lack. But ater this morning, the Women of the Wall have my respect and my support.

Unity Is Not Uniformity: An Open Letter To Natan Sharansky

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

The Western Wall is a good place to launch a re-commitment to the Torah's vision of "one law," of unity without uniformity, and to Israel's imperfect but vigorous expression of democracy in action.

Women at the Wall: Wrapped in Light Like a Garment

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

The only approach that is left is battle. Women of the Wall will continue to fight, not only for reclaiming the Kotel as public space, but also for all the other issues of religious pluralism in Israel that are so important.

140 Characters Politiku

Susanna Speier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Susanna Speier

April's 140 Characters Conference at the 92nd street Y ran the gamut. Organizer Jeff Pulver sourced more idealistic twitter users than pragmatists, but there were enough in-betweeners to keep conversations unpredictably entertaining.

Maybe In 2010, Zionism Means Enduring Prison

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Anat Hoffman spent 14 years on the Jerusalem city council. But last week, she sat on a different side of the law, as Israeli police interrogated and fingerprinted this former politician turned prominent social activist.