Cabinet approves ‘historic’ decision to create Western Wall egalitarian prayer space

In what is being hailed as an historic landmark for Jewish pluralism and the non-Orthodox movements in Israel, the cabinet on Sunday voted to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall and to anchor the arrangement in law.

Leaders of the Reform and Conservative Movements in Israel and North America welcomed the agreement as a breakthrough in their struggle for formal recognition in the Jewish state and their campaign to demonstrate an alternative to Orthodox Judaism in Israel.

The haredi leadership however, along with parts of the conservative national-religious leadership, strongly denounced the agreement and voted against it in the cabinet vote, but did not fight against it or threaten to bring down the government as they could have.


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