Division at the Kotel is no Path to Unity

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  1. DF says:

    Well said. But it is striking to learn that Reform (etc) is citing photographs of the British Mandate period to (falsely) portray “past precedent” as support for their viewpoint. Reform now views the past as a guide for the present? This development should prompt a compromise offer: if they can produce pictures of women rabbis delivering shiurim at the Kotel from the same period, then the other side should agree to mixed gender seating. If, after a suitable period of, say, six months, no such evidence can be produced, then they will agree to defrock women rabbis and no longer continue such ordination. [The Kotel, meanwhile, would naturally remain in status quo while the hunt is underway.] Sounds fair to me. What do you think?

  2. la costa says:

    i thought the ‘compromise’ that was being opposed by haredi [and other O ] jews was not about the actual plaza, which was NEVER going to be divided into 3 – men , women , and non-O . i thought it was about a common entry way, that would sluice people into either men, women, or a detour to the non-O plaza area. i thought the fight was that this would allow recognition of non-O as separate but equal , and in addition , having non-haredim on the committee involved would be anathema.

    do i have the facts wrong?

  3. dr. bill says:

    That two members of a non-chareidi party supported something is interesting but does not deny the impact of chareidi influence on Netanyahu. Thankfully, they have extended their inclusive viewpoint to a sgan-mashgiach at YU.

    While Reform Judaism has made minimal impact in Israel, traditional groups, non-chareidi and non-land as the primary issue, are also BH growing. Their viewpoint is creating the type of unity most, outside totalitarian states, aspire to achieve. I cannot recall any chareidi minister making the Kiddush haShem made by Ruth Calderon in the last Knesset.

  4. Bob Miller says:

    They speak of unity and all the other good stuff but they want domination. This is only one new instance of the progressive smokescreen. Their agenda is illegitimate whether there are many of them or few. I doubt anyone here at Cross-Currents would want Israel to comply with their wishes if they were a majority.

  5. Steve Brizel says:

    There were pictures taken of the Kosel yesterday that showed that the section set aside for egalitarian prayer and the like was quite devoid of anyone engaged in prayer. That’s why the entire exercise is an attempt to establish a beach head when in fact R C and its supporters have failed to create an alternative for the not yet observant Israeli.

    • Mycroft says:

      FWIW when I went to the Archelogical Park a couple of months ago, that section was empty too. It is in an out of the way location compared to what people associate with Kotel.

  6. Raphael Aryeh says:

    This is the best and most concise description of the current issue I’ve seen to date. Thank you!
    Hmmm, I wonder…. why is it that the word which begs to be associated with the reform-liberal-progressive streams any time of the day is hypocrisy….?

  7. Steve Brizel says:

    When our daughters were in seminary we spent a lot of time with very close friends in Ramot Bet where there are many shuls and a C house of worship. The Shuls were packed-the C house of worship was empty both during the week and on Shabbos. Obviously the herterodox movements have failed to even land a beachhead of a critical mass and are seeking to impose their will via a political power play.

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