The way I remember my friend Esther Broner telling us the story, she was on a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai with an inter-faith group including Moslems, Jews, Christians and adherents of the Shinto religion. When they came near the summit, the men announced that the women were to stay behind while they scaled the summit to pray.
The women looked at each other in consternation but then, resigned to the same-old same-old from men, they took out the knitting and sewing they carried with them. Esther, however, had other ideas. She went from one to the other, showing them how to use their wool and the thread to knit themselves together into a weave of women, who then prayed their own prayers and sang their own songs in their own circle, triumphantly.
In honor of Esther, who died in 2011 (may her memory be a blessing) here is my take on the present Hamas-Israeli war:
IT IS TIME TO SAY ENOUGH
It is time to say enough.
Let the Palestinian women come out of the ruins of Gaza and the West Bank enclosures.
Let the Israeli women come out of the ruins of the kibbutzim and towns along the southern border.
Let the women of Tel Aviv arise – Jews and Israeli Arabs together, and march on Jerusalem.
May the women of Jerusalem arise – Israelis and Palestinians alike, and march on the Knesset.
Let all of the women in the West Bank and the Settlements arise to join their sisters in Jerusalem.
Let the women leaders in the Knesset and the women leaders in the Israeli Administration stand before all of the women of Israel and the Palestinian enclaves to proclaim that it is enough, that they are taking over.
May they all throw their heads back and laugh at the abject failure of Netanyahu and his minions. Let them all shout together, “it is enough!” And then let them get to work.