Members of Women of the Wall at a prayer service at the Kotel in 2013.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
IN ONE of the most famous poems written in the wake of the Six Day War, Haim Hefer wrote the following words: “How does it happen that paratroopers cry? How does it happen that they touch a wall with such great emotion? How does it happen that from the tears comes singing? Perhaps it is because these 18 year olds, born before the State came to be, are carrying 2,000 years on their backs.”Almost 50 years after the unification of Jerusalem, we can ask how it is that the Western Wall continues to be a major issue for Jews in Israel and the Diaspora, even as Israeli society deals with far more important matters.