A Rabbi’s Contentious Quest for Religious Pluralism in Israel


JERUSALEM — When Gilad Kariv, an Israeli rabbi, heads to the Western Wall, one of the holiest places in Judaism, he often carries a Torah scroll that he hopes to give to a particular group of worshipers.

It’s harder than it sounds.

The worshipers are women, and therefore barred by Orthodox Jewish authorities from taking a Torah to the wall.

As a lawmaker with parliamentary immunity, Rabbi Kariv can bring them the Torah under police protection. But dozens of ultra-Orthodox opponents…



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