In the spirit of Chanukah, I’ve polled more than a dozen prominent Jewish women about miracles, about the brightest moments in the news since last December, especially those which illuminate new frontiers for Jewish women. But many of my sources, normally an eloquent bunch, hesitate to respond...
When the author polled me, I'd just had email that started "Hi, I'm the new scribe on the block," and I was all pleased and happy about that, but I'd also spent a lovely day writing Torah at Hadar, and I was all pleased and happy about that too. So it was jolly nice to be asked "hey, what's good?" at just that moment.
And yes, it uses the dreaded phrase "first soferet." In a bid to stave off the inevitable hatemail: please remember that journalism doesn't really do in-depth explanations of subtle points that detract from the thrust of the story and need lots of feminist-historical consciousness. I emailed and requested less hyperbole, and I expect the editor will think it too minor to be worth bothering with. They generally do. Please read this post. Thanks.