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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“The High Court of Justice convened to discuss the petition of Neshot Hakotel [1], a Conservative and Reform movement with an alternative solution to the issue of the Western Wall. [2] Justice Fogelman asked the representative of the state why the outline had been canceled. Justice Meltzer asked the representative of the state what was happening with the renovation that the state claims was made at Robinson's Arch [3].”

– Neshot Hakotel

0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] Neshot Hakotel (in Hebrew: Women of the Wall) is a multi-denominational feminist organization based in Israel whose goal is to secure the rights of women to pray at the Western Wall, in a fashion that includes singing, reading aloud from the Torah and wearing religious garments, which in the Orthodox world are designated for men, (tallit, tefillin and kippah). The group’s protest is due to the restrictions set by the Western Wall Rabbi that enforce gender segregation and limitations on religious garb worn by women.
[2] The High Court convened this time to specifically discuss the location of prayer for Neshot Hakotel. The solution proposed was to set up an area in the southern section of the Western Wall Plaza.
[3] Robinson’s Arch is a nickname for the prayer area designated for more ‘pluralistic forms of prayer’ at the Western Wall. Following a long legal and public awareness battle, liberal Jews have had the right, granted by the State of Israel, to pray in the southern section of the Western Wall plaza.

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