Closing in on Women at the Wall

The arrest of a leading Reform rabbi last week raised a tempest among American Jews, and regulations at the Kotel plaza reached a nadir: banning women from wearing a tallit.

After a period of calm, the past six months have witnessed a genuine escalation in tensions between women who come to pray at the Western Wall and the Wall’s chief rabbi and police. Last Friday, members of the group Women of the Wall were arrested in the third such incident in three months. Among those arrested was Rabbi Elyse Frishman, a well-known American Reform Jewish leader and the editor of the Reform...