Sharansky proposes adding egalitarian section at Kotel

April 10, 2013 01:36

“There must be a section for egalitarian prayer” at the Western Wall, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Speaking from New York after a meeting with representatives of the various religious denominations comprising American organized Jewry, Sharansky confirmed rumors that he is pushing for the addition of a third section at Judaism’s holiest site.

Earlier in the day, sources within the Yesh Atid party who have been involved in negotiations on the matter confirmed to the Post that the idea of a space for pluralistic worship was the principle solution under discussion, although the full details have yet to be finalized.

The Women of the Wall activist group has of late stepped up its campaign to change the current prayer arrangements and bring attention to what it describes as “an unjust law.”

The law forbids performing religious ceremonies “not according to local custom” or which “may hurt the feelings of the worshipers” at holy sites, including the Western Wall, which the police interpret as meaning anything deviating from Orthodox practice.

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