Podcast: Does the Western Wall plan signal the end of the haredi monopoly?

Rabbi Susan Silverman and The Jerusalem Post’s Religious Affairs correspondent Jeremy Sharon join the podcast.

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February 1, 2016 18:00

Does the Western Wall plan signal the end of the haredi monopoly?

Does the Western Wall plan signal the end of the haredi monopoly?

 
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On Sunday, in a major victory for the religious activist group Women of the Wall, Israel’s government approved a historic plan to create a pluralistic prayer area at the Western Wall, and enshrined into law a role for non-ultra-Orthodox in governing the area.

Rabbi Susan Silverman, an executive board member of Women of the Wall and most recently, the author of the book Casting Lots, discusses the struggle for the heart of religion in Israel, and what it means for the state’s relationship with Diaspora Jews.

The Jerusalem Post’s Religious Affairs correspondent Jeremy Sharon explains why, after all this time, the government approved this compromise, and discusses whether it signals the beginning of the end of haredi religious dominance in Israel.

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