Ruth in the field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld 1828. cc: wikipedia
Resources from Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel focusing on women’s leadership, female poverty in Israel, and the recent social justice protests:
- Text Study- FROM THE REVELATION OF MOUNT SINAI TO THE STATUS OF WOMEN. Attitudes towards women as leaders in Jewish texts prepared by RHR Education Director Rabbi Nava Hefetz, Nathalie Lastreger and Debbie Shoua-Haim
- Refusing to be Victims. Profiles of women in the forefront of Israeli Struggles for Social Justice – In their own words
From RHR-NR: This Shavuot, honor women organizing their way out of poverty
The story of Ruth and Naomi, read on the holiday of Shavuot, tells of two women at the margins of society, struggling for their own survival. This is not a story of victimhood. It is a story of strength, as Ruth and Naomi draw on their own power and on their relationship with one another to take leadership in a male-dominated society.
Thousands of years after this biblical story was written, women are still more likely than men to struggle with poverty and injustice. In the United States, many immigrant women work difficult, low wage jobs to support their families and to create a better life for their children. In Israel, some use certain interpretations of Judaism to deny equal rights to women. This Shavuot, honor these women and others by studying about the role of women in creating a more just society.
Our resources include:
- Poverty, Chesed, and Justice: A Text Study for Shavuot in Honor of Hyatt Hotel Workers, written by RHR-NA and the Justice at Hyatt Campaign. RHR-NA is proud to support the efforts of the women of Hyatt to achieve a safe and more equitable workplace.
- Getting Torah Right is All About Human Rights, a d’var torah for Shavuot by Rabbi Joey Wolf of Havurah Shalom in Portland, Oregon.