This portion speaks to me in many ways. As women, we have long fought for a place in our homes, congregations, towns, states, nations, and world. The Torah portion T’tzaveh speaks to women on different levels, speaking about ritual traditions and instructions for specific ways of cooking and eating, and for clothing and ritual items. The following are a few of the instructions that speak to me personally.
Engineers around the world are constantly shaping our future. They are behind the big curtain making the technologies that change our lives. Unfortunately, in a field dominated by men, half of the United States’ population is severely underrepresented. With only 11% of engineers in this country being women, we are drastically limiting our own perspective.
From a young age there is an unspoken bias against women in engineering and science. I personally still remember selecting electives in middle school and discovering I was the only girl in my coding class, as well as my...Read More
“Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts: you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart is so moved.” (Exodus, 25:1)
This, of course, is what we like to think of as the original congregational building fund. God is asking the people to bring everything the Israelites will need to build the Tabernacle – the house of worship in the desert.
As a bat mitzvah, I thought of this parashah as the “cubits” parashah. How big was the table of acacia wood? Two cubits long, one cubit wide and a cubit and a half high. How big were the...Read More
At this year's Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD), more than 200 disability rights advocates and Jewish leaders came to Capitol Hill to push legislators to support crucial health care and education services for people with disabilities. The day's speakers highlighted the experiences and activism of the disability justice community across the country, particularly in light of recent attacks on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. I found JDAD to be an incredibly humbling and empowering day.
Ari Ne'eman, advisor to the ...Read More
In Little Women, Louisa May Alcott wrote, “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” The #MeToo movement has definitely embraced this philosophy —women speaking out honestly, regardless of possible backlash. It is not that we can push our worries aside, but rather its a decision to weather the storms that may come from speaking out because honesty and equity are paramount.
The fact that women are distressed and often feel unable to report instances of sexual assault is in and of itself a problem. Throughout history, women have coped with these situations by...Read More