Sunday, October 21, 2012

Two for One Special: Women of the Wall

The Huffington Post, as typical, posted not one but two articles about the same subject right next to each other. In this case, it's the unfair laws about praying at the Western Wall for men vs. women.

First, we have Rabbi Wendi Geffen's article, titled "Equality for All at the Western Wall." Her first sentence is: "When women are detained and arrested at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for wearing tallitot (Jewish prayer shawls) and "endangering public peace" by intoning word and melody of prayer, we are all diminished."

Then, published less than 24 hours later, we have Rabbi Laura Geller's article, titled Arrested for Praying Out Loud?. Her first sentence is: "It's hard to believe, but you can be arrested for singing the Sh'ma out loud at the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the place that is considered to be the holiest site in the Jewish world."

Now, I support the Women of the Wall and their efforts to change the laws about praying at the Western Wall. But why does the Huffington Post feel the need to publish two articles at essentially the same time advocating the same position? It would be one thing if it was a point-counterpoint sort of thing, where one article supported one side and one article supported the other (that would be a rare display of balanced reporting for the HP).

When the HP finds something Israel is doing something on, it fires on all cylinders, leaving all pretense of balance in the dust.

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