In this sermon, Rabbi Diana Fersko reflects on the words of a particular US presidential candidate alongside the holiday of Simchat Torah, and the women of the Torah whose legacies still inspire us today.
“This year, as we dance with the Torah and celebrate its legacy, let’s give a special shout-out to all the women inside. Let’s think about the dozens of women inside that scroll who remain unnamed. Let’s think about the women who did what they had to do to perpetuate our people. I don’t know if they were nasty, nice, or a combination or multiple qualities like most of us. But I think this year might be a good year to think about them as we celebrate our inheritance.”
Rabbi Diana Fersko is the associate rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. A vibrant Reform congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Stephen Wise has served as a catalyst for progressive Jewish thought, support for Israel, and committed social action in the local community and beyond for more than 100 years. Learn more at swfs.org.