Friday, March 14, 2014

Judaic Activist Promotes Female Religious Leadership for 'the Goyim,' not for 'Jews'

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Susannah Heschel, whose father, Abraham Heschel candidly admitted his dialogue with Catholicism was really about attacking Christians' souls with 'Holocaust' guilt, has a different, but equally preposterous approach to feminism according to which she does want change to come to pathologically misogynist rabbinic Judaism, but she blames that pathology not on the rabbis who invented it but, who else, the wicked 'Goyim.'
Back in 1983, Dr. Heschel pointed out that the Halakhic ruling that prohibits women from reading from the Torah was based on the idea that “a woman should not read out of the Torah out of respect for the congregation”. What kind of masculinity is constructed by the rabbinic system that envisions that a man’s honor would somehow be violated by a woman publicly reading from the Torah, she asked.

“Where does this sense of honor come from?” asks Dr. Heschel rhetorically. “Well, my field is German-Jewish history. It might surprise you to know that there’s a long historical tradition of German men fight duals over a matters of honor. It turns out that German men didn’t fight duals with Jews because they didn’t think Jews had any honor. Jews could not, in any way, diminish the honor possessed by a German man.

“So when it comes to the issue of a woman will bringing dishonor to the congregation by reciting a blessing on the Torah, that notion of honor is socially constructed. In contrast, I have a great sense that if I am a Jew, (blessing the Torah) brings honor to myself and every other Jew. And when I come across a passage that a woman would dishonor the Torah, then it’s obviously a social construction. It comes to alienate me from something that is, in fact, an inalienable right that we have as Jews. All Jews, male and female have these inalienable rights of honor. The question to ponder is: why historically did a non-Jew think that Jews have no honor? And why would Jewish men come to think that Jewish women lacked the honor to be called to Torah? These are questions that we have to pose sociologically and psychologically. These are constructs, not something that we’re born with. And by posing these questions, it means thinking more deeply, something we Jews are good at.”

On the contrary, it seems "we Jews" has had far too much to think, certainly on the topic of 'the Goyim.' Perhaps some good could come of this misdirected energy being channeled into honest self-reflection.

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