Israel Approves Prayer Space at Western Wall for Non-Orthodox Jews

January 31, 2016 8:42 PM

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Israel Approves Prayer Space at Western Wall for Non-Orthodox Jews

JERUSALEM — After years of rancor over rituals at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Israeli government on Sunday approved the creation of an upgraded egalitarian prayer space there for non-Orthodox Jews.

The cabinet decision was hailed as “historic” by American Jewish leaders who had long chafed at the strictly Orthodox control over the site. It was also viewed as a victory for Women of the Wall, a group of Israeli and diaspora Jews that has championed the struggle against the male-dominated establi...

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