To the editor:3
Of course, Orthodox Jews are not the only individuals who have struggled to comply with the changing restrictions.
What I have been thinking about since Rabbi Buchdahl’s sermon is the loss we suffered because we have for too long thought of Jewishness as a race.9
He fails to note that that organizing arm has focused its efforts on many core civil rights and civil liberties issues.
As the Siddur teaches, “Nishmat kol chai tivarekh et-shimcha, YHWH elohenu” — The Breath of all life praises your Name
We have long advocated for ourselves as women, but it’s time for those who control organizations with enormous financial resources to speak up.
On Sunday, instead of building our family sukkah, instead of preparing for my daughter’s upcoming Bat Mitzvah, instead of doing the work that I needed to catch up on after traveling last week to present at the Hannah Arendt Center Conference on Racism and Antisemitism at Bard College, I spent the day fielding calls, texts, and social-media posts — some from friends and family checking up on me, some from journalists, and some from unfriendly and even menacing forces — after being attacked by a public figure on the Internet.
By choosing to leave, Ungar-Sargon opted to protest, instead of remaining in the conference to have difficult conversations.
I am truly sorry to hear how negative her experience was.
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