Hannah, the Kotel is not "just" a public space! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 07.05.13 | 00:20 (IDT)

    Even in some public places there are rules. if you want to see the treasures of Michaelangelo, you have to dress according to the codes the Roman Catholic church has set. It's public, but . . . In practice a Mosque is public, even if current custom is not, you take off your shoes. The Kotel "is a synagogue", it functions like a synagogue, otherwise the WoW would not be there--they could just as well set up a tent in Park HaYarkon, and have a prayer service there on Shabbat mornings. Other than that, if the WoW were concerned with praying to . . . they wouldn't be shoving themselves before cameras for photo-ops. Apparently, there are people that understand the Kotel is a "synagogue", and it's meant for people that want to pray. Okay, some prefer an alternative form of Jewish worship,more to their . . . and a space will be prepared from them. That way everyone will be able to pray in this "synagogue", according to their conscience.. Any other approach is some sort of bully pulpit for one group of Jews that think they can force their point of view on the Jewish Body Politic.

    from the article: In order to live together, both religious and secular Jews need to accept discomfort
    First published 19:03 05.05.13 | Last updated 19:03 05.05.13
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