Last week, the Jerusalem District Court determined that the recent detention of Women of the Wall members for their activities at the Western Wall was unjustified. The decision was met with applause from Reform Leaders.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, explained, “We were especially pleased to hear the judge state that the Law of Holy Places, which gives visitors to the Kotel the opportunity to pray according to ‘local custom,’ does not mandate that these be Orthodox customs. We expect local authorities to respect the court’s decision and let non-Orthodox Jews pray at this holy site according to their own customs without fear of police detention or restraint.”
Similar sentiment was shared by Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, who expressed, “Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is optimistic about the court’s decision today to guarantee the right of women to worship freely at this most holy site.”
Barbara Kavadias, Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), joined in saying, “We believe this ruling enhances Natan Sharansky’s proposal to provide for egalitarian prayer at an expanded Kotel site and look forward to the day when all people are free to pray at the Kotel according to their own customs.”
Image courtesy of Women of the Wall