The Israeli government’s decision to set aside a part of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem for egalitarian prayer is a historic victory for pluralism in the Jewish state. Pluralism refers to the concept that there is more than one way to be a Jew. That should be obvious, but it’s far from obvious in Israel. Here, as I discuss with host P.J. Maloney on KQV Radio in Pittsburgh, Orthodox Jews have a stranglehold on Jewish life, including marriage, divorce and conversion. The Western Wall decision doesn’t change all that, but it’s a step. It should also give heart to American Jews, who often feel alienated by Orthodox-dominated Jewish practice in Israel.
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