#25, Mark Lincoln, you are wrong - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Cipora Julianna Kohn
    • 19.11.09 | 10:59 (IST)

    under orthodox jewish law, a person born jewish is jewish regardless of how he/she behaves. one can be totally secular, but under jewish law, one remains jewish. the issue here is who among the religious authorities will determine worshipors' conduct at the kotel. the state of israel, and the high court, decided that such conduct will be determined by the chief rabbinate. those who attempt to disrupt public worship at the kotel are simply provocative. there is no way to accommodate all strands of judaism at the kotel. some will be insulted regardless of the authorities' decision. reform and conservative are relatively new in israel. secular jews who were born there accept the rules at the kotel, especially since they hardly ever go there. they have a certain measure of respect for the orthodox as long as their lives in general are not disrupted.

    from the article: Police arrest woman for wearing prayer shawl at Western Wall
    First published 10:26 18.11.09 | Last updated 22:34 18.11.09
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