The leading fighter for Jewish civil rights in Germany, he used his respect and renown to assist individual Jews and entire communities in disputes with the German authorities and he facilitated the revocation of many anti-Semitic laws.
There is no natural demand for an alternative, mixed space at the Western Wall – from American Jews, much less Israelis. Contrary to the common narrative, it is creating such a space that would divide our nation.
“Your problem,” I said to to the Arab MK, “is that the Israeli Left has convinced you that this is not a Jewish state, but rather a state of all its citizens. And then in your naiveté, you were convinced that this is a state with no identity..."
Non-Orthodox denominations seem to have declared war on the status quo at a suspiciously convenient moment, their uproar coming at a time of declining identification with Judaism and Israel throughout their ranks.
To Jew-haters, any inconsistency is permissible. What makes this hard for many Jews to understand is that it doesn’t conform to their worldview, in which enemies are on the right and allies are on the left.