I didn’t think I still had to do this, but… The idea that because I am not Haredi I cannot/should not speak out against erasing women is ridiculous. I am a Jew. Born and raised in Lakewood, NJ, thank you very much.
I recall when Jews were Jews, not Haredi, Dati Leumi, Open Orthodox, Ultra Orthodox, Modren Orthodox etc. We all said Good Shabbes to one another on or way to shul — even the Conservative and Reform(!) Jews. I recall when people respected one another – even when they didn’t agree, even when they lived differently.
I recall the two bakeries we all used together. The lines we stood on and the papers we bought — none of which treated women as pariahs. Continue reading