The Reform-backed Women of the Wall’s latest petition to Israel’s High Court for access to the Kosel has drawn a sharp response from Women for the Wall (W4W) and the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), two groups which seek to defend traditional practice at Judaism’s holiest site and elsewhere.
W4W and CJV have published a joint statement denouncing the WOW’s petition as “incredible hypocrisy.” WOW wrote to the Court “demanding the right to pray undisturbed” at the Kosel, a claim that the leaders of W4W and CJV dismiss as farcical…
The recently-formed Coalition for Jewish Values consists of Modern Orthodox and chareidi Rabbanim who have joined together to articulate traditional Jewish viewpoints, which tend to be crowded out by spokesmen of the left and the heterodox in the media.
“The media tends to solicit statements on Jewish concerns most frequently from those who equate Jewish beliefs with the latest trends in liberal political thinking,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Director of the CJV. “We wish to clarify that Jewish values emerge only from the Torah and millennia of Jewish thought.”
“I am very impressed by our consensus on the important issues of the day, and the need to speak out in favor of traditional Jewish thought,” said Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President Emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the CJV.
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