#metoo Parashat Lech Lecha Friday/Saturday, October 27-28, 2017 Cantor Penny M. Kessler Thank you to Rabbi Tiwy for giving me the
opportunity to offer some words of Torah tonight and tomorrow morning. “Hashtag me, too” is the rallying cry giving
voice to millions of women who have been used and abused sexually, physically,
emotionally, and intellectually for decades. From the lofty heights of show
business to secretaries and janitors, women are finding their voices and
declaring that their stories of abuse need to be told. Some have never told
their stories, while some have come forward in the past, only to be told to
shut up and show up lest their livelihoods – and in some cases lives – be threatened.
I have friends and rabbi and cantor colleagues who
are telling their stories for the first time, some in decades, some who
experienced abuse and harassment during their seminary experiences. And –
personal disclaimer – while I am grateful that I have never been physically
abused, there are m…
My refrigerator needs a solid Pesach cleaning. So does my stove and my pantries. Just thinking about it gives me a headache.
Bring on the excuses: it's too much, I'm tired, I want to sit and watch more repeats of Law and Order: SVU.
But I know that I'll feel virtuous and delighted with myself with every completed task.
Fine. Deep breath. Change into comfy clothes and head to the refrigerator.