Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform leaders pushed and shoved by Western Wall security

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform Jewish leaders were pushed, pulled and had clothes torn by security guards as they tried to pray at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.

The guards and haredi Orthodox worshippers tussled with the group Thursday as it entered the main entrance to the Western Wall plaza with Torah scrolls. The guards said it was illegal to bring the scrolls into the main plaza. Reform leaders accused the haredi administration of the holy site, which employs the guards, of denying their right to freedom of prayer. [Read more…]

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Western Wall dig uncovers ancient Roman theatre

Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority sitting on the steps of the Roman theater structure uncovered in the Western Wall tunnels, Oct. 16, 2017. (Yaniv Berman, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)
Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority sitting on the steps of the Roman theater structure uncovered in the Western Wall tunnels, Oct. 16, 2017. (Yaniv Berman, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority sitting on the steps of the Roman theatre structure uncovered in the Western Wall tunnels, Oct. 16, 2017. (Yaniv Berman, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An ancient Roman theatre was uncovered during excavations of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem.

The discovery of the 200-seat theater structure from the Roman period confirms historical writings that describe a theatre near the Temple Mount, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Monday. [Read more…]

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Former chief rabbi of Israel calls Reform Jews worse than Holocaust deniers

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, then Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, visiting Granada’s Alhambra, May 31, 2011. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, then Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, visiting Granada’s Alhambra, May 31, 2011. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, then Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, visiting Granada’s Alhambra, May 31, 2011. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar called Reform Jews worse than Holocaust deniers because they reject traditional Jewish law.

Amar, who is a former chief rabbi of Israel, in his weekly class last week referenced the Israel Supreme Court decision, handed down hours earlier, in which it called on the government to either reinstate the Western Wall agreement with non-Orthodox groups or explain why it should not force the state to honour the deal. [Read more…]

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Palestinian family evicted from eastern Jerusalem home to make way for pre-1948 Jewish owners

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Palestinian family was evicted from its eastern Jerusalem home of more than 50 years to restore the property to the Jewish family that owned it prior to 1948.

In the first such eviction since 2009, the eight members of the Shamesneh family, including an elderly couple in their 80s, were evicted early Tuesday morning and by the afternoon remained outside the home. Jewish tenants moved into the home in the Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood following the eviction, the French news agency AFP reported. [Read more…]

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Temple Mount saw record number of Israeli visitors, despite tensions

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

(JTA) – July saw the largest number of Israelis visiting the Temple Mount in any single month since it came under Israeli control in 1967.

Some 3,200 people visited the site, which is holy to both Jews and to Muslims, who refer to the compound as Haram al Sharif, Army Radio reported Friday. In previous years, approximately 11,000 Israelis visited the site annually. [Read more…]

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