Israel’s former Sephardic chief rabbi said that a landmark compromise establishing a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall will “weaken Jerusalem.”
Speaking on Sunday, Shlomo Amar, who is currently the Sephardic chief rabbi of Jerusalem, also referred to the liberal Jewish proponents of expanding non-Orthodox worship space at Judaism’s holiest site as “wicked,” the Times of Israel reported . . .
Sunday was not the first time Amar had criticized the plan for a mixed-gender prayer section. In March, he compared it to destroying the Western Wall altogether and said proponents of such a section “pretend to pray” and “act brazenly and mockingly, which is a desecration.”
Neither of the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem’s comments about the mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall from this past weekend or from March have been covered by ABC, NBC, CBS, or Fox News.
March 6, 2016: Jerusalem chief rabbi: Mixed-gender plaza akin to razing Western Wall