#MeToo, #Yitro and TheRaDR


Before I begin, I want to be very clear that I’m offering a drash by another rabbi, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, aka @TheRaDR. You can learn about her and her work at her website.

This morning Rabbi Ruttenberg published a thread on Twitter about Moses and #MeToo, a drash on Parashat #Yitro, this week’s Torah portion. My reaction to this thread was something along the lines of “owowowowowowowowowow!”

I would love to hear your reactions to her take on #Yitro. Did “Moses simultaneously [cut] women out of Revelation and [turn] them into sexual objects” with his addition to the command of God?

How might Judaism be different had he not made this insertion?

Click the link. Yes, it’s Twitter, but don’t let that stop you!

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

4 thoughts on “#MeToo, #Yitro and TheRaDR”

    1. I love it when someone helps me see something entirely new in Torah, and after I’ve seen it, I can’t believe I never saw it before! There it was, right before our eyes all along!

  1. First, it was really so smart and stunning to see how this one phrase served to erase half the community. My question is about whether this story was written by one or by many. I know there are different voices, from different times in the Torah. Is this an older or a newer voice?

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