By Rabbi Menachem Creditor, October 2013
On March 16, 2010, extremists threw chairs at my sister and my life as a Jew, as a Rabbi, as a person changed forever. Judaism is much, much better than that. Thanks to NIF’s support of Women of the Wall, the world is changing again, and for the better. We dare not allow fundamentalists to destroy Judaism, and to infect Israel with hatred. Today, Women of the Wall, born of a diverse group of women without ideological conformity and evolved into an Orthodox women’s group, has now reclaimed its role as a group of powerful women who represent the vibrancy of the entire Jewish world. For this we all should be very grateful. New Israel Fund reminds me to champion the beauty of Judaism’s roots in today’s Jewish world.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor (menachemcreditor.org) serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA and was cofounder of Rabbis for Women of the Wall. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America (2013), he is a published author, musician, teacher and activist who has spent time working in Ghana with American Jewish World Service and in the White House with the PICO Network to amplify the prophetic Jewish voice in the world.