|Time Magazine 'Person of the Year' - The Silence Breakers (MeToo)|
In the current climate of ‘MeToo’ - where women that have been sexually harassed, molested, or abused are finally telling their stories… stories that have destroyed the legacies of some very powerful men …men who have gotten away with it for decades while retaining their highly regarded reputations and the respect of their colleagues - I have to wonder though, if this is enough to change the way our culture treats interaction between the sexes.
Frankly I’m not sure it will. I believe we need to examine why people – especially those with power take these liberties with women in the first place. I don’t think the answers are too far away.
The message of these stories is clear: Where there is no fear of God—when a society forgets that “God sees,” as the protagonist of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story “Alone” puts it—primal instincts go unchecked and powerless people are at risk of having sexual violence perpetrated upon them by powerful, unrestrained potentates…
Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, an influential nineteenth century Lithuanian scholar, explains that the purpose of the Book of Genesis is to teach us uprightness [“yashrut”]—ethics, morality, proper values; in short, basic decency. In fact, in rabbinic literature, Genesis is often referred to as “Sefer ha-Yashar,” which translates to “The Book of the Upright.”