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Daybreak: Rabbi of the Western Wall Responds

Plus Macedonia holds its first-ever Limmud conference

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• In a statement released by Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall (who knew?), Rabinowitz decried the controversial arrest of Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman last month. He also skirted any declarations of policy change and basically said that Reform Jews have it pretty good already. [JTA]

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What exactly does “who knew” mean in terms of the Rabbi of the Westsern Wall? Rabbi Rabinowitz keeps a fairly high profile, arranging for celebrities, and Presidential candidates, to visit the Wall, while maintaining order among the many groups who use the Wall on a continuous basis, not just for political reasons.

herbcaen says:

Reform Jews already have a spot along the Western Wall where they can worship as they please. This “controversy” is not for the sake of heaven, but merely a ploy for Anat von Hoffman to get fame and fortune. I would recommend that she discover the dignity of work like the rest of us. If Frau Hoffman can impose her values on an Orthodox synagogue, then Orthodox men can drag a mechitzah into a Reform synagogue and insist on separate seating. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander

If you read the article you will see that Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz decried the actions of the Women of the Wall that led to the disruption of prayers at the Kotel. He did not decry the controversial arrest.

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