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Women Praying at Western Wall

Orthodox Worshipers Protest Bat Mitzvah at Western Wall

March 3, 2017

As feminist prayer group Women of the Wall arrived at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Monday for a bat mitzvah ceremony and their monthly prayer service, they found their way blocked by crowds of dissenters.

The Women of the Wall have sparked extreme backlash in Israel for their petitions to change gendered restrictions at the Kotel, or Western Wall. They seek a space at the wall for women and men to pray together—currently, the Western Wall has only sex-segregated spaces. The group has also advocated for women’s right to read Torah at the Kotel.

The Israeli government has… Read more about Orthodox Worshipers Protest Bat Mitzvah at Western Wall

A line of women with their mouths covered with read tape reading "life"

Pro-Life Feminists Decry Women’s March’s Pro-Choice Platform

January 20, 2017

This Saturday, the Women’s March on Washington plans to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and advocate for a variety of issues that affect. What started as a grassroots effort by four women has grown into a massive movement, replete with a number of celebrity speakers. Bus services in states across the country have sold out for… Read more about Pro-Life Feminists Decry Women’s March’s Pro-Choice Platform

Israel to Create Mixed-Gender Prayer Site at Western Wall

Israel to Create Mixed-Gender Prayer Site at Western Wall

February 5, 2016

This week, the Israeli government approved the creation of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, a remnant of Herod the Great’s expansion of the Second Jewish Temple considered to be the holiest Jewish site.

The decision follows years of contentious debate between Orthodox Jews—who do not permit mixed-gender prayer—and Conservative and Reform Jews, who have lobbied for their right to egalitarian prayer.

In 2013, the Israeli Supreme Court overturned a ban on women reading Torah and wearing prayer shawls at the Wall, which had previously been punishable by fine or… Read more about Israel to Create Mixed-Gender Prayer Site at Western Wall

Ultra-Orthodox women's politics in Israel

Ultra-Orthodox women's politics in Israel

March 3, 2015

Michele Chabin of the Religion News Service writes this week about Israeli female politicians in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Haredi sect, who have established their own political party leading up to a bid for parliament. Their campaign will feature no advertisements or rabbinical endorsements, just "word-of-mouth recommendations and faith." While they're not expected to garner enough votes to enter the Knesset, their actions alone are remarkable:

“Considering… Read more about Ultra-Orthodox women's politics in Israel