On Purim in Jerusalem, All Quiet on the Western Wall Front

It's common on Purim to do things upside down, and this year, Jerusalem Police seemed to go completely inside out by choosing not to arrest any female worshippers at the Kotel.

With the photographers and television cameramen lined up along the barrier of the women’s section of the Western Wall, about 120 women in costume gathered in a colorful cluster around a podium to chant aloud the Book of Esther – that tale of the Jews in ancient Persia read every Purim. This is a story, after all, about some of the most subversive and progressive women of their day. First we meet Queen Vashti,...