Say you’re going to a Women’s March and have decided to knit, or wear, a protest Pussy Hat for the occasion.
There’s a message I’ve seen floating around, and it goes like this: If you weren’t already aware of all the myriad injustices in American life, if you weren’t already outraged, and you’ve only thought to care now, what with Trump’s election, you should be ashamed. In one very abstract sense, sure — if it took Trump’s election for you to realize that racism and sexism exist, then yeah, you get an oblivious mark on your permanent record. And I kind of get, if you’ve been dedicated to a cause for a good long time, a visceral desire to roll your eyes at interlopers, especially those who seem as if they’re joining on a whim, because it’s trendy. Kind of. But I also think… it’s enough.
An eJewish Philanthropy post reports that the Jewish Fertility Foundation is offering grants (due February 15th) to help women pay for fertility treatments. To be considered, an applicant needs to be “Jewish-defined as at least 1 Jewish parent (Jewish = as from birth or conversion from any denomination); intention of raising child Jewish.” As the Foundation page notes, in vitro fertilization is expensive and often unaffordable even to those with health insurance.
Prophecy has never been non-partisan. For thousands of years, Judaism (and especially the writings of the prophets) has contained ethical and moral imperatives that require an engagement with the world, and offer not just the vision of a messianic age – but a demand that we, as Jews, help create it.
A version of this article originally appeared in the Forverts.