“As a Jewish community, we fight anti-Semitism not only to protect ourselves… but to protect the lives of every person…Jew and non-Jew.”
I pray for the day when Orthodox female clergy is the most pressing issue of our time.
Maharat Rori Picker Neiss was one of 57 demonstrators arrested outside the St. Louis Courthouse amid the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri. She explains why as a clergy member and as a mother she was compelled to participate.
Pregnant with her first son, Rori Picker Neiss listens to black mothers talk about their fears and anxieties. She thinks about what she will tell her boy about race in America today.
Rori Picker Neiss, who lives 15 minutes from Ferguson, could easily ignore the violence unfolding in her own backyard. But the Torah and Jewish history command her to do the opposite.