Israel’s High Court requires a “good cause” argument why a woman cannot read Torah at the holiest site in Judaism

Rabbi Rosove explains the decision by the Supreme Court of Israel. He puts it all so clearly that rather than blog on it myself I am going to reblog his post.

(Photo credit: Women of the Wall)

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In a landmark High Court decision Wednesday, the State of Israel was given 30 days to find “good cause” why a woman may not read aloud from a Torah scroll as part of prayer services at the Western Wall.

A year ago the Israeli government coalition made an agreement with a wide range of Jews from around the world that included the Reform and Conservative movements, the North American Jewish Federations, and the Women of the Wall to create an egalitarian prayer space in the Southern Kotel Plaza under Robinson’s Arch that is equal in size and in access to the Northern Kotel Plaza that would be overseen by non-Orthodox Jewry and not the ultra-Orthodox.

This was a landmark decision that affirmed Israel as the great democracy that it is and that Jews around the world ought to have the right and freedom to pray according to their custom…

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Hamaqom | The Place in Berkeley, CA.

4 thoughts on “Israel’s High Court requires a “good cause” argument why a woman cannot read Torah at the holiest site in Judaism”

      1. So much is going on. I feel like I may never recover. I want to rejoice, cry, greive, fight, dissent, I’m angry, and sorrowful. Torn and ambivalent doesn’t even begin to describe my emotional whiplash lately. It’s been exhausting really.


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