How Sad the Western Wall Has Fallen Hostage to the ultra-Orthodox Autocracy Over Jewish Life in Israel

Treating Women of the Wall like suspected criminals is no way for a Jewish democracy to operate.

Imagine this scene: Women, young and old, detained as they make their way through security lines and metal detectors at Israel’s holiest site. Why, you wonder? Are they carrying guns, knives or other dangerous weapons? No. Well, not exactly. But last Friday, December 14, 2012, as they came to celebrate the new Hebrew month of Tevet with Women of the Wall, four women were searched because of a new decree: women...