Women of the Wall in petition to Israeli Supreme Court demand right to pray undisturbed

Orthodox Jews trying to prevent a group of Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Orthodox Jews trying to prevent a group of Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Women of the Wall filed a petition with Israel’s Supreme Court demanding the right to pray undisturbed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The petition, filed Tuesday against the Israel Police, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Western Wall’s rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitz, also asked the court to order the police to ensure that the women are safe from physical and verbal violence while praying at the holy site. [Read more…]

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David Rubinger, Israeli photographer who took iconic shot of soldiers at Western Wall, dies

David Rubinger’s iconic photo shows Israeli paratroopers standing in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem shortly after its capture during the Six-Day War, June 7, 1967. (David Rubinger/GPO)
David Rubinger’s iconic photo shows Israeli paratroopers standing in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem shortly after its capture during the Six-Day War, June 7, 1967. (David Rubinger/GPO)

David Rubinger’s iconic photo shows Israeli paratroopers standing in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem shortly after its capture during the Six-Day War, June 7, 1967. (David Rubinger/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – David Rubinger, the Israeli photographer who took the iconic photo of Israeli paratroopers standing in front of the Western Wall after its capture in the Six-Day War, has died.

Rubinger, whose photos chronicled much of the history of the Jewish state, died Thursday. He was 92. [Read more…]

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Hundreds of yeshiva, seminary students disrupt Women of the Wall service

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Hundreds of haredi Orthodox men and women and religious Zionist female seminary students disrupted the monthly Rosh Chodesh morning service of the Women of the Wall group.

About 150 women who gathered at the women’s section of the Western Wall Plaza to celebrate the new Jewish month of Adar had to push their way through a chain of religious women attempting to hold them back. Police ultimately broke up the crowd to allow the Women of the Wall to get through. [Read more…]

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UN chief says Temple Mount was home to Jewish temple, Palestinians demand apology

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

(JTA) – Palestinian officials are demanding an apology from the new United Nations chief after he said it was “completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told Israel Radio in an interview Friday with its New York correspondent that “no one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today,” including Judaism.  [Read more…]

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Women hold Western Wall prayer service with Torah scroll

Original Women of the Wall hold a prayer service in women's section of the Western Wall, January 23, 2017. (Twitter)
Original Women of the Wall hold a prayer service in women's section of the Western Wall, January 23, 2017. (Twitter)

Original Women of the Wall hold a prayer service in women’s section of the Western Wall, January 23, 2017. (Twitter)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Original Women of the Wall group held a prayer service in the women’s section of the Western Wall that included a Torah scroll.

It was the first time that women have succeeded in bringing in and reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall since an interim Supreme Court ruling said they had that right. A petition to the high court challenged a 2010 directive issued by Western Wall administrator Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz barring women from bringing to and using a Torah scroll on the women’s side. [Read more…]

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Women of the Wall ordered to be searched at holy site despite high court ruling

Women of the Wall hold a prayer service, January 19, at a checkpoint at the entrance to the Western Wall Plaza after refusing to be searched. (Twitter)
Women of the Wall hold a prayer service, January 19, at a checkpoint at the entrance to the Western Wall Plaza after refusing to be searched. (Twitter)

Women of the Wall hold a prayer service, January 19, at a checkpoint at the entrance to the Western Wall Plaza after refusing to be searched. (Twitter)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Women planning to participate in a Women of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall were ordered to subject to a body search despite an Israeli Supreme Court injunction against the practice.

The women rejected the searches on Thursday morning and instead held their morning service at the security checkpoint at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza. [Read more…]

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Women can read Torah at Western Wall, Israeli Supreme Court rules

Orthodox Jews trying to prevent a group of Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Orthodox Jews trying to prevent a group of Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Orthodox Jews trying to prevent a group of Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that women should be allowed to read from the Torah in the women’s section at the Western Wall and that the alternate Robinson’s Arch area of the site’s plaza for egalitarian prayer does not constitute access to the wall.

The court in its decision, an interim injunction, announced on Wednesday also instructed that the women should not be subjected to body searches before entering the plaza, part of the Western Wall Foundation’s attempts to find and prevent from entering to the women’s side Torah scrolls, and other Jewish ritual objects including tallit, tefillin and menorahs. [Read more…]

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