The Perseverance of Passover

As Passover begins families and friends around the world gather around the table as we tell the stories of the Exodus of our ancestors out of Egyptian slavery and into freedom.

One significant part of the story often overlooked are the stories of the courageous women who helped save Moses and the Israelites.

Women like Shifra and Puah who disobeyed the Pharaoh when told to kill all male Jewish newborns, even though they know they can be killed for their actions. Miram, Moses’ sister risked her life by spying on her brother as he floated down the river.

Even the Pharoah’s daughter, Bat Paroahnm disobeys her father to save baby Moses from death in the Nile River.

This year, when we think of the actions of our strong female Jewish historical figures who have overcome oppression, we can see a parallel to the women who are part of the #MeToo movement.

#MeToo started in late 2017 when several allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Harvey Weinstein and it was also fueled by the re-emerging of a 2016 Indianapolis Star article regarding several allegations against former U.S. gymnastics doctor of Michigan State University Larry Nassar.

TIME Magazine named the #MeToo Movement’s “Silence Breakers” person of the year. “For too long, survivors of sexual assault and harassment have been in the shadows. We have been afraid to speak up, to say ‘Me Too’ and seek accountability.

Women like Miram speak out against injustice by telling their personal stories knowing that they may not be believed while facing backlash to their careers, themselves and their families.

So this year as we remember the strong women who changed the face of history we are also reminded of the courage and strength of women of the #Metoo movement who support the survivors and like the women of history sacrifice themselves to change the future of women’s lives.

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