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  4/14/2013, Iyar 4, 5773

'Sharansky Outline' to Chief Rabbinate Council


Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Western Wall and Holy Places has asked Chief Rabbis Yonah Metzger and Shlomo Amar to convene the Chief Rabbinate Council to discuss a proposal by Chairman Natan Sharansky of the Jewish Agency that the Robinson Arch area at the southern end of the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem be allocated for mixed-gender prayer. The request follows the latest attempt by Women of the Wall to hold Rosh Chodesh services in the women's section of the Western Wall prayer area, in violation of a Supreme Court order.

In a letter to the chief rabbis, Rabbi Rabinowitz said, "The Western Wall existed before the Jewish people was split by our iniquities into streams and camps and, G-d willing, will continue to stand firm until the coming of the Messiah. The Wall is the place of worship for every individual in Israel, and as such we must especially protect every individual's right to privacy and respect one's precious moments of prayer. The Wall's secret is the secret of Tzimtum [Kabbalistic, (mystical) term for contraction of G-d's light - ed.], which requires all of us to play down our different customs and continue the local practice set decades ago, and thus focus on the common and the unifying."