Reform Judaism in Israel: an amazing success story, by Rabbi Micky Boyden

When one reads about the way in which Bibi backtracked on the Kotel agreement and the disgraceful manner in which the Women of the Wall are treated by the police and security personnel, one could be mistaken for believing that Reform Judaism is having a bad time of it in Israel. If you add to …

Israeli Reform synagogue vandalized, death threats conveyed with a knife

The Reform synagogue in Ra’anana was vandalized last night [LINK] in conjunction with the Western Wall controversy. Death threats were conveyed by placing a knife branded with a reference to Maimonides’ Laws of Killing, Chapter 4:10 – “If there is the possibility, one should kill them with a sword in public view. If that is …

RRFEI response to the Western Wall compromise agreement

The agreement is described in Hebrew here: [link], and in English here: [link] RRFEI gives great credit to the Reform movement and Conservative movements, and the Women of the Wall for making the painful sacrifice of giving up their demands of being allowed to hold egalitarian prayer services and women’s minyanim at the traditional Western …

The Kotel compromise agreement – an historic moment?

Is this an historic moment? Only time will tell. I have often wished for the gift of prophecy, alas, it has never been granted. We come to this crossroad in history: the expansion of the praying area of the Kotel and a sort of recognition of liberal Judaism, specifically the Reform and Conservative movements, in …