Anat Hoffman is a well-known activist with the Israel branch of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center. When I called her Wednesday, I learned that she had recently been subjected to questioning by the Jerusalem police over her role in a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall that resulted in the arrest of one participant for wearing a prayer shawl.
Below is video of the interview I shot with Hoffman in Jerusalem. The rabbinical authority responsible for the wall was unavailable for an interview Wednesday, and several individuals approached at the site declined to be interviewed on camera. Fortunately I found one willing interviewee to provide at least some perspective on why this is such a sensitive issue for the religious.