It is deeply disgraceful that Anat Hoffman was arrested for praying at the Western Wall. It is equally appalling that she seems to have been subject to gross humiliations while in custody.
Even while the Temple stood there were areas within its precincts to which women had access. We must not allow Judaism, with its sacred regard for justice and compassion, to be turned into an excuse for bullying and degradation.
Anat Hoffman is a brave campaigner for the core Jewish values of human dignity and social justice, which Masorti communities worldwide are proud to work for alongside Jews of all denominations who share the same – Jewish – ideals.