Israel's High Court Ruling Opens Possibilities for Progressive Judaism

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) applauds Israel's High Court's ruling of January 11 in giving the State of Israel 30 days to find "good cause" for why a woman may not read aloud from a Torah scroll as part of praying at the Kotel.

"Assuming the government cannot find ‘good cause,” as reported in the Times of Israel, "not only may women read from the Torah at the Western Wall, but also the government may no longer argue that the Robinson’s Arch area of the plaza constitutes ‘access to the Western Wall’.” This is a historic ruling that sets the stage for progressive change in Jewish historic and ritual sites in general, and at the Kotel in particular.

Reform Rabbis held a peaceful prayer protest at the Kotel in November
(Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan)

The WUPJ is proud to stand with our Israel and Diaspora partners and advocates, including the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism (IMPJ) and the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), in calling for inclusion and equality at the junction of religious pluralism, law and state in Israel. 

For a summary of the ruling in the full Times of Israel article, click here.

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