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Top ultra-Orthodox rabbis urge against mixed-gender prayer plaza at Western Wall

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Two top ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israel published a missive Monday evening denouncing the proposed establishment of a permanent mixed-gender plaza for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, and urging their followers to act against it.

Rabbis Chaim Kanievsky, 93, and Gershon Edelstein, 98, are leaders of the Lithuanian (non-Hasidic) stream of ultra-Orthodoxy.

In an open letter, the rabbis wrote that they “vigorously protest the intention to desecrate the sanctity of the Western Wall by giving space and recognition to the destroyers of religion” who want to “uproot everything and desecrate Heaven.”

They urged their followers to act, saying that “every single person must do everything to prevent the disgrace in the holy place” and engage in prayer and summon up their religious fortitude to avert the development.

The letter, which also made references to possible changes in conversion to Judaism and kashrut regulations that are currently defined according to ultra-Orthodox standards, was apparently aimed at Religious Services........

© The Times of Israel

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