Daniel Ratner
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The Wall Decision: A Kiruv Bonanza

“This is Wolf Blitzer standing here at the Western Wall Plaza where it’s been 10 years since Robinson’s Arch was opened to both men and women for communal prayer. There are so many American Jews waiting to get into the plaza that the police are now having to limit access. Almost every square inch of the buildings around the Plaza are now devoted to classrooms for Torah learning. Never in recent history have so many Jews returned to Torah and Mitzvot.”

Now this might seem far-fetched but what better way to bring Jews back to Torah than by giving them an easy, no excuse access to our holiest sight. I am not making a statement in favor or against the decision to allow mixed access to the Kotel, I am just taking a situation and trying to see to the potential that it has for the Jewish people. Imagine the bonanza for the Kiruv community to have all your customers in one spot. It’ll be like fishing for salmon swimming upstream in Alaska: just stick your fishing net in the stream and catch a salmon, but instead stick your Teffilin out and catch a Jew.

It’s also making an opening to prayer for many people who have never considered it. In the current situation now, many secular Jews visit the Kotel, take pictures and turn around and get on their bus for Masada. Many are intimidated by the large amount of Haredi who are praying and will never attempt to pray. Now there are no more excuses. This decision has potential to help Jews make a connection to God through the remnants of our holy Temple which will open up their hearts and let the fire of Torah enter their veins. God is sending us a message. We can fight it, which many will, or we can see the potential impact this can have and use it to bring all the Jews back so we can start rebuilding our Temple and bring us closer to the Almighty.

About the Author
Daniel Ratner teaches weekly in the Essentials program at Aish Hatorah in the Old City of Jerusalem. His inspires people of all backgrounds on personal growth, relationships, and character building. He is highly entertaining and leaves his students wanting more. Daniel lives in Jerusalem with his wife, 5 children and a labradoodle.