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A New Year – Parshat HaChodesh

27 Adar 5777 – March 24, 2017
On Shabbat we will read of two events that took place on the first of Nisan.

Hillary Lives: Women of the Wall Call Haredim ‘Menacing Hoards’

1 Adar 5777 – February 27, 2017
They obviously meant to write 'menacing hordes,' which is both more comprehensible and more insulting. But wait, there's more.

Ben Gurion U. Scientists Offer Intriguing Theory on Joshua’s ‘Sun Stand...

19 Tevet 5777 – January 17, 2017
The mention of both the sun and the moon led the three researchers to the conclusion that the text refers to a solar eclipse, during which the moon moves between the sun and the earth, blocking the sunlight.

Police Arrest Women of the Wall Director for Torah Scroll Violation...

1 Sivan 5776 – June 7, 2016
The WOW email accuses Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the state-appointed administrator of the Kotel, of creating a "Catch 22" for women

Women of the Wall Smuggle Tiny Torah Scroll to Western Wall

30 Tishri 5775 – October 24, 2014
They had to use a magnifying glass to read the letters.

A Violent Night During Celebrations in Jerusalem’s Old City

30 Nisan 5774 – April 30, 2014
Tensions are continuing to rise and violent incidents are increasing in the Old City of Jerusalem, the latest taking place Tuesday night.

Doing Battle with WoW

24 Elul 5773 – August 30, 2013
I disagree with continuing to make an issue of it.

Protesters: Police in Cahoots with Arabs over Jewish Access to Mount

29 Av 5773 – August 5, 2013
On those few days when Jews were allowed to go up to the Mount, they suffered constant abuse by the Muslims and by the police.

‘Caged Women’ – Never Happened

1 Tammuz 5773 – June 9, 2013
There's no question that many of the backers of the Women of the Wall see the obliteration of Torah Judaism in public places in Israel as their ultimate goal.

Women of the Wall Go for Broke, Plan to Read from...

28 Sivan 5773 – June 6, 2013
Women of the Wall plan their monthly Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Kotel the second day of the month, with a Torah scroll. It’s okay to make up rules as they go along, so long as the Orthodox don’t make the rules.

The Most Dangerous Women in Israel

1 Iyyar 5773 – April 11, 2013
WOW threaten our very right to the Land.

Sharansky to Suggest Women’s Kotel Prayers Away from Main Plaza

30 Nisan 5773 – April 9, 2013
Sharansky says the Western Wall is long enough for women to have their own minyan and Torah reading. The Women of the Wall leader accepts the compromise. Will the Rabbinate big enough to agree?

Paratroopers to Join Women of the Wall in Rosh Chodesh Prayers...

30 Shevat 5773 – February 9, 2013
The law prohibits "religious ceremony not according to local custom."

Shabbos Mevorchim Teves

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Our Jewish calendar is based on the lunar year, and Rosh Chodesh, literally the head of the month, occurs when the moon renews itself. It is a holiday — in that we daven mussaf, just like on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim, we do not conduct fasts, and the pious among our people eat a special seudah. Traditionally, women do not sew on Rosh Chodesh and refrain from performing heavy-duty tasks.

Parshas Chayyei Sarah

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
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Parshas Bereishis

26 Tishri 5773 – October 12, 2012
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My Machberes

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
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Parshas Pinchas

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
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Parshas Shelach

24 Sivan 5772 – June 13, 2012
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Christie’s Mahzor: At Home in Florence?

20 Iyyar 5772 – May 11, 2012
The auction at Christie’s in Paris this May 11 of a Tuscan Mahzor, created and illuminated in the 1490’s, will be an extraordinary event. This rare example of illuminated Jewish art has not been seen publically in over 500 years and, aside from tantalizing internal suggestions, lacks conclusive identification of the scribe and illuminators. Because the gold-tooled goatskin binding was made about 50 years after the manuscript and has a different coat of arms than those found in the machzor, it is assumed that this prayerbook may have quickly changed hands.

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