“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
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
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.