And Now, Up from the Wall

As the New York Times reports:

The Western Wall, known as the Kotel in Hebrew, a remnant of the retaining wall that surrounded the Temple Mount, is the central site for Jewish prayer. The Temple Mount plateau, revered by Jews as the location of their ancient temples and the holiest site in Judaism, houses Al Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the three holiest sites in Islam, where Jews are allowed to visit but not pray.

The Western Wall plaza currently has a prayer area with segregated men and women’s sections…the government decision is meant to give visitors and worshippers a third option — an easily accessible and visible space south of the men and women’s sections, in the area known as Robinson’s Arch, dedicated to pluralistic, egalitarian prayer.

So, would not one presume that the next solution would be allotting space and time on the Temple Mount for Jews to pray?  After all, if pluralism and egalitarianism is appropriate for prayer, why not up above the Wall, on the Mount?

Prayer could be used as an instrument for coexistence and mutual understanding and rapprochement. Is that not a worthy theme for the paper to support?  For the Reform trend within Judaism to adopt?

There are women’s groups active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount so they could be in the forefront of the campaign and gain the same sympathy the NYTimes extended the Women of the Wall (here and here, for example) which galvanized the pressure from abroad on Binyamin Netanyahu.

Why should one group of Jews, on the same issue of prayer, be preferred while the other is quite despised?

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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