Jerusalem - The Kotel
Historic Agreement at the Kotel
A historic compromise that redefines the relationship between religion and state in Israel has been reached! After 25 years of fraught negotiations, for the first time in the history of the State of Israel, non-orthodox Judaism has achieved formal status in our holiest of places - the Kotel.
- This agreement is about a historic compromise that redefines the relationship between religion and state in the State of Israel. For the first time in the State of Israel, in the holiest of places of the Jewish people - the Western Wall - the non-orthodox Streams triumphed in attaining formal status; Women of the Wall prevailed and achieved their own space; and Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism have arrived at familiar landscape.
- From here on out, solutions to issues of religion and state will be able to rely upon a new legal anchor. From today, every solution to every dispute must give expression to the simple, basic and natural fact that there is more than one way to be Jewish. We did not achieve everything that we wanted, but this day is a day of celebration for Jewish pluralism in Israel. Conversion. Marriage and Kashrut.
- From the moment that the resolution will come into effect, families will be able to celebrate together - mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies - at the kotel. Standing on plastic chairs in the women's section will be eliminated once and for all!