‘Launch Criminal Investigation of Women of The Wall’

The Liba Center submitted a letter Sunday to Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy and Attorney General Avichai Mandleblit calling for the opening of a criminal prosecution against members of the Reform Movement and Women of the Wall organization. Read more

Jerusalem – Violent Fracas Breaks Out At Western Wall

Violent skirmishes broke out Wednesday morning at the Western Wall as Reform, Conservative and Women of the Wall leaders and activists brought 14 Torah scrolls into the site in defiance of administrative regulations. Read more

EU Draft Also Disregards Jewish Connection To Temple Mount

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem is fuming over a draft decision distributed on Thursday by representatives of the European Union at meetings of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on the subject of the Israeli capital’s Old City that completely ignores the Jewish connection to the site. Read more

Shmuel Rabinowitz Doesn’t Have Semicha

Rav of the Kosel and Holy Sites Shmuel Rabinowitz does not have semicha according to a Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) report. Read more

Jerusalem – Religious War At Western Wall: Kerfuffle Over Egalitarian Prayer Service

An egalitarian prayer service at the Western Wall descended into a bad tempered skirmish on Thursday afternoon, when haredi demonstrators sabotaged an event held by the Reform and Conservative Movements to underline their demands for a pluralist prayer space at the site. Read more

Mixed Prayer Service In Western Wall Plaza Given Green Light

A potentially explosive prayer service planned for Thursday afternoon by the Reform and Masorti (Conservative) Movements in the upper Western Wall plaza has been approved by the legal adviser to the Religious Services Ministry and the Attorney General. Read more

Chief Rabbinate Criticizes Shmuel Rabinowitz

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Council harshly criticized Thursday the conduct of Kotel Rabbi, Shmuel Rabinowitz, for his involvement of dividing the Kotel following the government’s approval for expanding the egalitarian prayer section. Read more

Morgan Freeman At The Western Wall

Hollywood heavyweight Morgan Freeman took time out to visit the Western Wall on Sunday, while visiting the Holy Land to shoot scenes for the upcoming National Geographic series The Story of God, which looks at mankind’s quest to understand the divine. Read more

UNESCO Draft Resolution: Western Wall Is Part of Al-Aksa Mosque

Israel is working to thwart a draft UNESCO resolution which declares that the Western Wall in Jerusalem — the most holy site in Judaism— belongs to the the Muslim al-Aksa Mosque compound. Read more