The High Court of Justice on Wednesday, 13 Teves heard two petitions addressing the future of the religious status quo at the Kosel and requests from women seeking expanded authority and religious freedom at the holy site.
The court has given the state 30 days to respond, placing the burden on the state to explain why the women should not be permitted to read from a Sefer Torah in the ezras noshim as they request.
The court also explains many women maintain the Robinson’s Arch solution is insufficient as it moves the women to another venue. The awaits the state’s response on the matter as many women explain they wish to daven at the Kosel and not a nearby alternative venue.
It also instructs the Rav of the Kosel and Holy Sites Rabbi Rabinowitz to make certain women entering the area are subjected to the standard security inspection and not a more rigid one as occurred recently.
These items have chareidi lawmakers concerned, signaling the court is inclined to side with Women of the Wall and others seeking to change the long-standing arrangement at the Kosel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)