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April 26, 2013 | By Joel Greenberg, Washington Post
JERUSALEM - In a landmark ruling on the struggle over prayer at Judaism's holiest shrine, an Israeli court ruled Thursday that women could legally pray at the Western Wall wearing prayer shawls, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site. The ruling came after a string of incidents in recent months in which police detained women who wore the shawls while worshiping at the shrine, saying they had broken a law requiring prayer according to "local custom. " The arrests created an uproar in American Jewish communities and exposed a divide between Israel, where the Orthodox rabbinate has authority in Jewish religious matters, and the Jewish diaspora, where the more liberal Reform and Conservative movements are dominant.
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April 11, 2013 | By Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israeli authorities have proposed establishing a new section at the Western Wall where men and women can pray together, a groundbreaking initiative that would mark a significant victory by liberal streams of Judaism in their long quest for recognition. The proposal is aimed at ending turmoil surrounding the Orthodox establishment's monopoly over the site, highlighted by the arrests of female worshipers who prayed while performing religious rituals the Orthodox say are reserved for men. "One Western Wall for one Jewish people," said Natan Sharansky, chairman of the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency and mastermind of the proposal.
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June 12, 1998 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The women say their prayers silently, as mute as the huge, impassive stones of the Western Wall. It is forbidden for them to pray aloud, or to sing, lest they disturb the concentration of the men on the other side of a screen that separates the sexes. Across a plaza, perhaps 50 yards from the wall, members of a delegation of American men and women pray together from behind police barricades. The police will not let them approach the wall for fear they will create a disturbance among ultra-Orthodox worshipers who believe Jewish men and women must pray separately.
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April 15, 2001 | By Gayle R. Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Modern tourists seeking peace, understanding or an identification with their pasts are the new spiritual pilgrims. Religious tourism is booming. On a journey of the soul and spirit, the holiest of places could be Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Tibet, the Ganges River in India, Mecca, or Borobudur, Indonesia. Spiritual pilgrimages transport travelers to the historical, legendary and cultural spots that pilgrims from all over the world journeyed to centuries ago. Since medieval times, millions have converged at the Spanish and French border and walked the 500-mile trail to Santiago de Compostela to reach the relics of the apostle St. James.
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May 13, 2013 | By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Forming human chains and using metal barriers, Israeli police held back thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters who tried to prevent a Jewish women's group from praying at a holy site Friday, the first time police have come down on the side of the women and not the protesters. The reversal followed a court order backing the right of the women to pray at the Western Wall using religious rituals Orthodox Jews insist should be practiced only by men. Wearing prayer shawls, phylacteries, and skull caps reserved for men under strict Orthodox tradition, the women sang and prayed out loud.
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December 20, 2009 | By Melissa Gittelman FOR THE INQUIRER
On Friday evenings in Jerusalem, after the sun lies down to rest, the Jewish people close their shops and restaurants in preparation for Shabbat. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, technology and labor cease, and rest and religion commence. I was brought up in a very secular household, and tradition and rituals like this never played an important role in my life. So when Friday evening arrived on my first visit to Jerusalem, I'd forgotten how sacred the Sabbath is to religious Jews.
NEWS
October 24, 1986
The brutal Palestine Liberation Organization assault on Israeli soldiers and their families after a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem is a reflection of the continued focus on Jews at religious sites as the prime object of Palestinian terrorism. Attacking at the Western Wall, the holiest place to Jews throughout the world, is consistent for organizations that have frequently murdered worshipers at synagogues on holidays and sabbaths. The list of cities in which terrorists attacked Jewish congregations is growing.
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October 11, 1990 | By Carol Morello, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Israeli government yesterday named a three-man panel to investigate the police killings of 21 Palestinians in a clash Monday at the Temple Mount. Dismissing an internal police investigation already under way, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir ordered the commission to look into the conduct of paramilitary border police who used tear gas, rubber bullets and finally live ammunition to quell the riot. The panel will be headed by reserve Maj. Gen. Zvi Zamir, chief of the Mossad intelligence agency from 1968 to 1974.
NEWS
October 16, 1986 | By Marc Duvoisin, Inquirer Staff Writer
One man was killed and 70 people injured last night when two hand grenades were thrown into a crowd of Israeli soldiers who were meeting with family members after a military swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, authorities said. The attack, the most serious terrorist incident in Israel in 2 1/2 years, occurred in a parking lot outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City as 300 members of an elite infantry brigade exchanged goodbyes with relatives before boarding buses to return to their base camps.
NEWS
May 21, 2001 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like dozens of others who had lined up before him, Glen Hocky waited patiently yesterday for the chance to walk up to the gray, stone wall and slip a white, folded-up note into one of the cracks. Hocky, 14, of Bala Cynwyd, wasn't in Israel, and this wasn't the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But the three-word prayer contained in his note captured the mood at yesterday's Penn's Landing festival celebrating the 53d anniversary of Israel's independence: "Peace for Israel. " It was a sentiment echoed by many who attended the daylong event, which has become an annual tradition in Philadelphia.
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October 9, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MARIYA PLEKAN rolled into a Philadelphia courtroom in a mechanical wheelchair, which she maneuvered by pushing her right hand on a knob of the chair. Dressed in a sweater and black skirt that should have covered what was no longer there - her two legs - Plekan, 54, testified of the moment when a Salvation Army thrift store collapsed onto her. The Ukrainian immigrant living in Philadelphia had gone to the store, where she was a regular customer, and was about to leave when "I heard a cracking sound," she testified through a Ukrainian interpreter.
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June 18, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
IN THE fifth episode of the eighth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," always-cranky Larry David vents his frustrations at "pig parkers," those folks who park over the lines and take up more than one spot. Tattle brings this up because according to TMZ.com, the show's co-executive producer Jeff Garlin (who also plays Larry's buddy, Jeff) was arrested by Los Angeles police Saturday on a felony vandalism charge after a dispute with another motorist over . . . A parking space.
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May 13, 2013 | By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Forming human chains and using metal barriers, Israeli police held back thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters who tried to prevent a Jewish women's group from praying at a holy site Friday, the first time police have come down on the side of the women and not the protesters. The reversal followed a court order backing the right of the women to pray at the Western Wall using religious rituals Orthodox Jews insist should be practiced only by men. Wearing prayer shawls, phylacteries, and skull caps reserved for men under strict Orthodox tradition, the women sang and prayed out loud.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Joel Greenberg, Washington Post
JERUSALEM - In a landmark ruling on the struggle over prayer at Judaism's holiest shrine, an Israeli court ruled Thursday that women could legally pray at the Western Wall wearing prayer shawls, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site. The ruling came after a string of incidents in recent months in which police detained women who wore the shawls while worshiping at the shrine, saying they had broken a law requiring prayer according to "local custom. " The arrests created an uproar in American Jewish communities and exposed a divide between Israel, where the Orthodox rabbinate has authority in Jewish religious matters, and the Jewish diaspora, where the more liberal Reform and Conservative movements are dominant.
NEWS
April 12, 2013
Israelis arrest women at Wall JERUSALEM - A long-running battle over worship at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine, was rejoined Thursday as Israeli police arrested five Jewish women who wore prayer shawls at a morning service, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site. The arrests came a day after disclosure of a potentially groundbreaking plan that could allow for non-Orthodox services to be held in the area on an equal footing with those conducted according to Orthodox tradition.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israeli authorities have proposed establishing a new section at the Western Wall where men and women can pray together, a groundbreaking initiative that would mark a significant victory by liberal streams of Judaism in their long quest for recognition. The proposal is aimed at ending turmoil surrounding the Orthodox establishment's monopoly over the site, highlighted by the arrests of female worshipers who prayed while performing religious rituals the Orthodox say are reserved for men. "One Western Wall for one Jewish people," said Natan Sharansky, chairman of the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency and mastermind of the proposal.
NEWS
March 22, 2011 | By Aron Heller, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Sarah Palin stayed out of sight Monday during her first trip to Israel, dodging paparazzi staking out hotels and holy sites in hopes of getting a glimpse of the former Alaska governor who might run for president. A visit to Israel, a key U.S. ally, has become almost a rite of passage for potential Republican candidates at a time of strained relations between the United States and Israeli governments. Israel is a key American ally in a volatile region and a top concern for Jewish voters and pro-Israel Christian groups in the United States.
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December 20, 2009 | By Melissa Gittelman FOR THE INQUIRER
On Friday evenings in Jerusalem, after the sun lies down to rest, the Jewish people close their shops and restaurants in preparation for Shabbat. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, technology and labor cease, and rest and religion commence. I was brought up in a very secular household, and tradition and rituals like this never played an important role in my life. So when Friday evening arrived on my first visit to Jerusalem, I'd forgotten how sacred the Sabbath is to religious Jews.
NEWS
May 26, 2005
Arrest the gun-sellers The May 19 editorial "A panel fires blanks" about the special commission on gun violence in Pennsylvania conveniently neglects to mention that South Carolina's 30-year-old, one-gun-a-month law was repealed last year because the legislature there found that it had "little effect" on illegal straw purchases and interferes with law-abiding collectors and purchasers. Maybe Gov. Rendell's commission realizes that the law-abiding gun owners and purchasers are not the problem.
NEWS
August 22, 2003 | By Nancy Phillips INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A somber hush fell over the sanctuary at Congregation Mikveh Israel yesterday as people gathered to mourn the faraway dead. An 11-month-old child. A woman eight months pregnant. A father of five. There were 20 in all, killed Tuesday in a bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem as they headed back from a visit to the Western Wall. To those who came yesterday to honor their memories, the dead Israelis were strangers. And yet, in a sense, they were kin. "Our sages in the Talmud tell us the Jewish people are like the human body.
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