WOMEN from page 31
ZOOS ES X00
causing an uproar among other wor-
shipers who considered it a sacrilege.
Israel's Supreme Court accepted the
group's case in the summer of 1989
on condition that the group pray at
the wall without the Torah.
with one sponta-
neous exception — the group has not
used Torahs at the wall. Members
either have held prayer sessions at the
wall without the Torah or have read
from the Torah at nearby sites.
Group members say women's Torah
reading is becoming increasingly
accepted in Orthodox circles, but the
Israeli government has argued that the
group's service at the wall could threaten
In the current case, the court was rul-
ing on an appeal filed by the state to a
May 2000 decision recognizing the
group's right to hold prayer services at
the wall, and instructing the govern-
ment to make arrangements for it.
Z O O M IS M CO CO
Fully equipped with 6-disc, leather, moon roof &more!
48 MONTH LEASE
OUT OF POCKET!
48 mos., 12,000 miles per year With qualified credit. Includes 1st payment, acquisition & Doc fee. Plus tax, title & license.
A lawyer for the Women of the Wall
group, Frances Raday, said the court
had not backtracked on its recognition
of the women's right to pray at the wall.
But the court chose to protect the
sensitivities of other worshipers over the
right of the women to pray at the wall,
Women of the Wall consistently has
rejected proposals of alternate prayer
Though Chesler is upset with the
court's decision, she said she is skeptical
that the contingency plan will stick,
since Robinson's Arch is unlikely to be
ready for use within a year. She cited the
cost and work required to level and pre-
pare the archaeological site for public
prayer. In addition, she said, Israel's
archaeological authorities might oppose
Attorney Raday has said some lawyers
and politicians believe the court ruling
may be a delaying tactic.
Even so, supporters of the group
aren't taking it lightly.
The case is a "bellwether," Pogrebin
said. "It tells us a lot about ourselves if
we can live with this injustice as a peo-
Rabbi Shafran urged the Women of
the Wall to focus on "the issue."
"The issue here is respect for a holy
place and respect for the traditions
that lie behind the worship that it's
associated with," he said. E.
Pr o r-Owned
P r e-
2 ° W Cirl
Low miles, very clean. 5 to choose
1999-2000 Lexus E300
Certified, loaded, 9 to choose from
Like new 3000 miles, must see
Starting from $19,995
$13 1 995
1999-2002 Lexus RX300
5 to choose from, certified. All extra clean 4X4
sta rting frorn $20799
low 7 us
Low miles, extra
37 c lea
19 C9h9romCesi, riea
1997 BMW 32
Very etean, low miles,
new, l ow
:42 C°er° tified ,2likse n99
590 Auto Mail Dr.-4*Ann Arbor
lexusofannarborcom • email@example.com
Naomi Segal, a JTA correspondent in
Jerusalem, contributed to this report.
OPEN SATURDAY 10-5
48 mos. 12,000 miles per year With qualified credit. $1,494 due. Includes 1st payment, acquisition & Doc fee. Plus tax, title & license.