by Doris Schyman
On October 24th, Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, 12-year-old Sasha Lutt of Beer Sheva read from a Torah, completing the first ever full bat mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Irina Lutt, the proud mother who moved to Israel from Russia when Sasha was just a baby, looked on and supported her daughter during the ceremony.
After Women of the Wall’s Torah was banned at the entrance to the public holy site, an alternate scroll, a tiny, 200-year-old Torah, was brought into the Western Wall, under the radar of the authorities. This 28-centimeter Torah belongs to John and Noeleen... Read More