Moving Beyond the Western Wall Hatefest

Rather than contributing to a debate about the politicization of religious customs in Israel, the animosity of the 'Western Wall Wars' reduces these issues to a sectarian fight pitting women against other women.

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 17a) explains that, in order to qualify for the Sanhedrin (high court), a member needed to be able to prove that a sheretz, an insect, is ritually pure. It even cites a particular wise man who was able to provide 150 such proofs (Eruvin 13b).