Orthodox agitators interrupt Conservative Bar Mitzvah at Western Wall

2021-07-16 01:49:14

Exhausting-line Orthodox activists interrupted a Bar Mitzvah ceremony being carried out on the egalitarian part of the Western Wall by the Masorti (Conservative) Motion on Thursday evening.

The activists from the religiously hard-line wing of the religious-Zionist motion descended on the location, assigned for non-Orthodox, mixed-gender prayer, and arrange a mechitza, gender separation divide with a view to use the realm for their very own prayer providers and Torah classes.

Current on the incident was Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of the Ateret Yerushalayim yeshiva based mostly within the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis, and a distinguished chief of the hard-line religious-Zionist group.

The group of Orthodox activists, which calls itself the Joint Committee for Preserving the Holiness of the Western Wall, has been utilizing the so-called Israel Part egalitarian prayer space for a number of days this week for prayers and examine classes, even if it’s utilized by the Masorti and Reform denominations who can not pray in line with their very own customs within the central Western Wall Plaza, the place solely Orthodox prayer providers are allowed.

These non secular Zionist activists are avowedly against non-Orthodox Judaism, and has vigorously opposed the growth of rights and recognition for these denominations in Israel lately.

The Joint Committee plans to stage prayer providers and examine classes on the Israel Part (the egalitarian prayer space) on Saturday evening, the start of the Quick of the Ninth of Av, when the Masorti Motion additionally has a program scheduled on the web site.

“A gaggle of extremists purposefully interrupted worshipers who had been celebrating, women and men collectively, whereas placing up a mechitza and decreasing the realm for the [Masorti] group,” mentioned Rakefet Ginsberg, director of the Masorti Motion in Israel.

“It’s unbelievable that those that discuss so loftily of the Land of Israel, the Torah of Israel, and the Folks of Israel, dare to behave with such violence, crassness, and thuggishness towards different Jews on the Western Wall,” continued Ginsberg.

She known as on “communal and non secular leaders, journalists and common residents” to protest the sequence of occasions.

“The thunderous silence within the face of the theft of our one ‘prized possession’ and the abysmal hatred of those that merely need to pray in their very own method, is disgraceful and shameful,” Ginsberg added.

In response, a spokesman for Aviner mentioned that there was no “seizure” of the location, and mentioned that the Orthodox group and the Masorti group “bought on high-quality” in the course of the incident.

He added that Aviner “blessed the bar mitzvah on the finish of their prayer service,” and mentioned that a few of these current on the Masorti occasion approached Aviner for a blessing after their service.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai denounced the actions of the activists on Wednesday as “baseless hatred,” including “due to individuals like this the Temple was destroyed,” in reference to the Quick of the Ninth of Av which commemorates the destruction of the 2 Temples in Jerusalem, the second of which the Talmud attributed to “baseless hatred” among the many Jewish individuals.

The liberal religious-Zionist group Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah additionally condemned the hard-line Orthodox activists, saying that “as a substitute of working in direction of unity and bringing Jews nearer to God, these organizations are selecting to forcibly take management the prayer space established for individuals who need to pray in accordance with their very own customs.”

The group added that it was saddened that the Orthodox activists had been utilizing prayer providers and Torah classes “as a instrument of demonstration.”

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