After the first of three articles regarding women’s roles in various spheres was published on Kehila News Israel, I shared it with the women in my community through our online network.
One presumes to know how close friends think and feel about important identity-centered topics, such as were discussed in the article, but I was surprised to see the varied responses. The material struck a nerve within each of our hearts and each woman I encountered desired for their opinion to be heard.
Thus, we organized a time to discuss our thoughts and feelings about the points the article raised, in addition to sharing about our own walks as daughters, mothers, wives, workers, homemakers, etc.
Before this informal event, I think each of us were nervous, hoping that we would not only “be heard” but also that our opinions would be acknowledged and accepted. I am happy to report that our discussion night not only met these goals but exceeded them! One thing that really added to the richness of our dialogues was the variety of backgrounds, marital statuses and ages of those in attendance. We ran the gamut!
I would like to personally thank the authors, Yael Levy and Inbar Sinai, for sparking a fire meant to refine each of us. I feel that the women in our community have grown from this experience because we provided a “safe space” where acceptance, love, support and respect were shown despite our difference of opinions and beliefs.
May each woman in the Messianic body in Israel seek to learn from one another, as we serve alongside each other in our various roles.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” ~ Maya Angelou