Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi: While I have been critical of Women of the Wall in the past, because I believe we have many more important issues to confront, I now better understand why it has captured the minds and souls of Jews worldwide: Because it symbolizes the sacred desire of the entire Jewish people to be equally at home in the Jewish State. It is but one example of the refusal to accept the silencing of non-Orthodox voices.
Yossi Klein Halevi: There is no chance whatsoever that the area that is now considered the “main” Kotel will be shared in any fashion with non-Orthodox prayer. But Robinson’s Arch is no less “the Kotel” than the area controlled by the Orthodox.
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