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THE REFORM AND Conservative movements have long spoken with one voice about the struggle for equal prayer rights at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. But following a report on Monday that the government has finally begun construction of a new and improved egalitarian prayer space at the southern expanse of the Jewish holy site, the first cracks have begun to appear in this united front.

The Reform Movement responded to the news with outrage, attacking the government for initiating construction work at the site without consulting with any of the relevant parties.

By contrast, the Conservative Movement adopted a far more conciliatory tone, going so far as to welcome the long-delayed move.

Reform and Conservative Jews split over future of Western Wall prayer space (Haaretz)

Photo: The renewed construction on the egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall on February 5 (Olivier Fitoussi)

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