Yesterday I met a hero. I had coffee with my friend Alden Solovy who is a poet and liturgest from Jerusalem. You can read his work on his website http://www.tobendlight.com. We had this meeting set up to discuss a workshop he will lead for my temple group in Israel this summer. But who knew that…Read more »
The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) condemns Monday’s attacks on Egged buses carrying advertisements of Women of the Wall in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood, Mea Shearim. These buses were apparently targeted for violence because they feature advertisements placed by Women of the Wall, inviting young women becoming Bat Mitzvah to read from the Torah…Read more »
Yom Kippur Morning – Reflection of Israel on the 40 Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War Boker Tov, Good Morning.Gmar Chatimah Tovah. May you all be sealed in the Book of life. As many of you know this summer I completed my Shalom Hartman Institute Rabbinic Leadership Initiative and graduated as a Sr. Rabbinic Fellow…Read more »
This is very important. Sunday word of the Mandelblit Commission’s plan was leaked to the press. This was a commission appointed by PM Netanyahu in Israel to follow up on the grand compromise arrived at by Natan Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency and Diaspora Jewish leaders on prayer at the Kotel, the symbol of…Read more »
My friend and colleague Anat Hoffman director of the Israel Religious Action Center and one of the founder of Women of the Wall (www.womenofthewall.org.il) was arrested last night at a Rosh Chodesh celebration with the Hadassah Women from around the world. The women of Hadassah are in Israel celebrating their 100 year anniversary of this…Read more »
Once again the Women of the Wall gathered this week for Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Kotel. Once again approximately 100 women of all denominations who gathered to pray were taunted and cursed by traditional Jews on both sides of the divider. The police filmed. And it was hard to believe that last year at…Read more »
Rosh Chodesh-the New Month- is this weekend. It begins tonight and continues through Monday -the first of Kislev.. The Women of The Wall gather monthly on Rosh Chodesh to welcome the New Moon. This is traditionally a day associated with women. Tradition teaches it was a reward for resisting Aaron’s command to part with jewelry…Read more »
Here is the video of the service for Rosh Chodesh and of Anat Hoffman’s arrest with the Torah. Thought you all might be interested to be there.