Sunday, April 14, 2013

Women Challenge Exclusivity of Western Wall

American and Israeli Jewish women are challenging the law against their worship at the Western Wall. Orthodox Jews argue that only Jewish men, wearing a tallit (prayer shawl) can pray at the wall. As more women push the issue and as American Jewish women become more vocal, Israeli President Netanyahu appointed someone to look into a plan to allow non-Orthodox Jews to pray at the Wall.

Both CNN and the Washington Post have run stories about the issue.  And here are two other editorials from the Washington Post's  "On Faith" section here  and here.  The Western Wall is a remnant of the Second Temple which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.

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