New Hope for Women at Western Wall

Israeli Supreme Court gives women new hope at Western Wall: In an interim ruling Jan. 11, Israel’s Supreme Court sided in favor of women being allowed to read from a Torah scroll in the women’s section at the Western Wall and declared that women should not be subjected to body searches before entering the plaza.

The court gave the government and the Western Wall’s Orthodox administrators 30 days to explain why women should be prevented from reading from the Torah at the Jewish holy site.

Fran Gordon, an Israeli activist who maintains homes in Beachwood, New York and Jerusalem, called the court’s decision an “amazing ruling.”

“I think we’re seeing a very brave move to say women have spiritual civil rights at the Western Wall,” Gordon said. “It’s the justices saying to the rabbinic establishment, ‘Your interpretation of Jewish law no longer applies in this place in this time.’”

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