web analytics
August 3, 2015 / 18 Av, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


THE POLITICS OF FAITH

US Jewish Groups Applaud Netanyahu’s Review of Western Wall Restrictions

Netanyahu asked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky to look into the matter.
Anat Hoffman of the Women of the Wall reads from the Torah at Robinson's Arch outside of the Western Wall.

Anat Hoffman of the Women of the Wall reads from the Torah at Robinson's Arch outside of the main Western Wall area.
Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/flash90

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the head of the heritage foundation, has written, in response to the arrests of women at the wall:

I have written this before and will write it again – the Western Wall is not Orthodox just as it is not Reform. The Western Wall was there many years before we sadly split into streams and camps, and will continue to stand strong, God willing, until the Mashiach comes. The Western Wall is the place of prayer for every individual in the nation, and as such, it must carefully safeguard the individual’s right to privacy and respect during the precious moments of prayer. The secret of the Western Wall is the secret of diminution which demands that each one of us minimize the traditions in which we differ and focus on what is common and which unifies us.

For this reason, and this reason alone, there will not be at the Western Wall a demonstration quorum of Women of the Wall, just as there will not be at the Western Wall a “gathering” of a Hassidic leader. This is the one place, perhaps the last, where we are all united as Jews. It would be terrible if here too we emphasize the differences among us. As the rabbi of the Western Wall, it is my job and my obligation to make sure this does not happen.

Rabbi Rabinovitz, told reporters last week: “Natan Sharansky spoke to me and it was agreed between us that there is no intention to deviate from Supreme Court decisions, nor from the orders of prayer at the Western Wall. However, Mr. Sharansky asked to reexamine the issue, and to that end he will visit the Western Wall in the coming days.”

Office of the Prime Minister stated that this did not constitute the establishment of a committee on the matter. “Following requests reaching the office of the Prime Minister from world Jewry, Mr. Netanyahu asked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky to investigate the matter and report to him,” the statement read.

JTA contributed to this report.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “US Jewish Groups Applaud Netanyahu’s Review of Western Wall Restrictions”

  1. Yehuda Cohen says:

    “Hadassah’s president, Marcie Natan, said her movement ‘hopes that a resolution can be reached which will allow all women to pray, individually and collectively, at the Kotel freely, without harassment, and in accordance with their own religious practices.’”.
    What kind of women does Hadassah’s president, Marcie Natan support? Lesbians. For about two years, I’ve been involved with one of Hadassah’s managers of therapy who is a well know Lesbian and has been working at Hadassah for over 20 years. This Lesbian manager commands her workers like an IDF tank commander, yelling at them and disparaging them in front of their patients and tries to make sure that no one is happy in their job. If a worker excels in a particular field, this Lesbian manager makes sure that this worker is not placed in that area of their interest. Complaints have been made to the president of Hadassah in French Hill and he said that he doesn’t want to get involved. The president of all Hadassah hospitals in Jerusalem just ignores the issue. In fact an effort was made to contact Marcie Natan but she has hidden her email address and neither would her web site manager forward her any mail. Everyone in the Hadassah hospitals knows of this Lesbian manager and they are afraid of her. She is a real dyke. With support of such women, is there any wonder why Hadassah is losing funding? Now, to carry this type of perverted support of Lesbians to the Western Wall is just way too much.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beware of Netanyahu: he has been pushing the Reform and Conservative agenda in Israel for decades…IN SPITE of the Israeli public OVERWHELMING hostility to playing with Torah. IN FACT, there are less than a dozen refor-vative places of worship in Israel, while there are tens of thousands of Synagogues. In Israel most refor-vative sympathizers are extreme leftists and anti-religious people, like Yair Lapid, Tzippi Livni, Meretz, Peace Now, etc.

  3. Jay D. Ard says:

    Bad move! We must preserve tradition / the foundation of our faith.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Firefighters put out fire in firebombed car near Beit Hanina on August 3, 2105.
Jewish Woman Severely Burned, 2 More Injured in Yet Another Arab Firebombing Attack
Latest News Stories
Kayaking on Jordan River

Israelis enjoy kayaking in the Jordan river in Northern Israel on August 2, 2015, as temperature reached 47 degrees Celcius in some parts of Israel.

Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY-04)

New York Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice will vote against the Iran deal.

Firefighters put out fire in firebombed car near Beit Hanina on August 3, 2105.

Arab terrorists threw firebombs at a Jerusalem car, severely burning the driver and two more people.

Some Israelis seem to have forgotten no one has yet tracked down the murderers of Ali Bawabsheh.

Americans oppose the Iran deal, and only a slight majority of Democrats support it.

Chuck Schumer’s office has received more than 10,000 phone calls over the past two weeks, all of them from groups and individuals opposed to the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry reassures the Gulf States, who are gouging him for more arms and to force Israel out of Judea and Samaria.

Its so hot, the Arab threat to drive us into the sea don’t sound half bad…

No one was injured from the mortar fire that apparently strayed during clashes.

The gang attacked a Haredi man and then a religious couple with brass knuckles and a knife. The woman recited the Shema prayer.

The Muslims preacher is a permanent fixture on the Temple Mount to incite Muslims but finally has been arrested.

The “friendly” game was cancelled after the fans took over the soccer field.

Late PM Yitzhak Rabin’s granddaughter has announced her launch into politics.

Israeli soldiers deployed at the Gaza security fence shot over the heads of Arabs who had approached the no-go zone Monday, Palestinian Authority media reported. No one was injured. Arabs frequently approached the security fence, usually with intentions to infiltrate into Israel or to carry out a terrorist attack on the spot. Palestinian Authority media […]

Iranian double talk is clear when a top official praises the nuclear deal but warns of no IAEA inspector access to military sites.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-jewish-groups-applaud-netanyahus-review-of-western-wall-restrictions/2012/12/30/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: