Laura Hodes writes regularly for the arts section of The Forward, and her writing has also been published in the Chicago Tribune, Slate, Findlaw.com, and The New Republic (online). She blogs at www.personalpolitic.blogspot.com
For me and my children, one of the highest things on our to do list when traveling to Israel was to visit the Kotel, the Western Wall.
Before our trip, I had quickly read about, but not dwelled on,…the arrest of Anat Hoffman, the leader of Women of the Wall, in October, allegedly for singing the Shema out loud at the wall and for wearing a tallit (prayer shawl). For a woman to wear a tallit while praying at the wall is against current law: in 2003, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a government… >> Read More