Tuesday, March 12, 2013

#BlogExodus: Believing

Graphic:  Phyllis Sommer
Tallit. Check.

Siddur.  Check.

Rain boots.  Check.

Believing that each of us is entitled to practice Judaism in a way that’s meaningful to us, later this morning I will head to Union Square, tallit and siddur in tow.  There, together with hundreds of others, I will join in solidarity with Women of the Wall—to pray and welcome the new month of Nissan, the one in which God redeemed us from Pharaoh’s tyrannical grip. 

I would like to believe that today’s demonstration of solidarity will, in some small way, hasten the day when women who wish to wear tallitot, to sing, or to read Torah at the Kotel will be free to do these things.  May the new month of Nissan be the one in which the barriers to women’s freedom at the Western Wall finally begin to be broken down.  Only then can all of us—men and women alike—be fully redeemed from the tyrannical grip of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz’ policies that deny us the religious freedoms that are rightfully ours. 

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Nisan leading up to Passover 5773.