Chancellor Eisen Blogs About “Jews of the Wall”

Dear JTS Community,

With Rosh Hodesh Av approaching, the symbolism of Women of the Wall's continued struggle to peacefully pray at the Kotel could not be more vivid. At this time of year, we become acutely aware of the sinat hinam, the baseless hatred that brought about the destruction of the Temple, and its echo in our modern times. This timing makes finding a solution to the troubles at the Kotel an even more pressing matter.

Who gets to pray where in Jerusalem? Who enjoys freedom of religious expression in the State of Israel? And have all involved in the frequent turmoil at the Kotel turned their backs on the best possible solution for now?

This week in "Jews of the Wall," my newest blog post for On My Mind: Arnie Eisen, I write about just how viable Natan Sharansky's plan for the Kotel might have been.

I encourage you to share your thoughts about the situation at the Wall at


Arnold M. Eisen
The Jewish Theological Seminary

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