My Ella was born in Odessa in the Ukraine, when she was born there it was called simply the USSR.
She is the Jewish daughter of a Jewish woman who is the daughter of a Jewish woman in Judaism three generations of Jewish women proves your lineage as Judaism is matriarchal your father can be Jewish and your mother something else and that doesn’t make you Jewish but if the reverse is true no matter what your father wants you are Jewish. It doesn’t matter if you never enter a synagogue or if you are brought up catholic if your mother is Jewish you are Jewish.
The reason I explain this is because my Ella is such a woman, we never go to synagogue and she doesn’t follow the religion very well but Jewish she proudly is. Well down stairs from her office is a synagogue and a Jewish school for pre- k and a orthodox art gallery and shop as well they have a kosher deli.
So Ella who is also vegan has trained the staff to make her vegan breakfast. Recently to her surprise they employed a non Jewish tattooed Hispanic kid, cool she thought they are breaking the mould and giving anyone who can do the job a job she was happy.
Happy until today when she ordered a bagel with just jelly on it and was charged what she normally pays for a full salad sandwich, when she questioned the price the profanity flew he screamed, he yelled he abused and when she said I can’t get a word in edgeways he said “that’s because I don’t give a damn to hear what comes out of your mouth”. Wow all over a bagel with a smear, so to calm it down knowing the synagogue owned the deli she went in and spoke to them. She was directed to a very obviously Hasidic man, ringlets and coat and hat who after hearing it took the side of the loud mouth and said he did nothing wrong.
I know this isn’t about disability folks but she is my love and if you can’t be supported by your faith and your community where can you be? And even worse the loudmouth shouldn’t abuse anyone Jewish catholic or Buddhist it’s all wrong. If she can’t expect her own rabbi and synagogue to talk to employees and tell them abuse of women is wrong what else I have to ask is the Jewish faith turning a blind eye to? Spousal abuse? Beatings?
I have found in my 50 something years what you will let happen to your own family you’ll let happen to all. So next time you see the over coated furry hatted rabbi with ringlets marching strictly through crown heights Brooklyn or anywhere else followed 6 paces behind by his bewigged wife don’t simply pass the obedient distance off as “just a religion”.
Just this year a rabbi and counselor arrested for serial child molestation amongst his own community had other rabbi’s and men throw a fundraiser for his bail and defense and the victims and their families were outcast.
Turning a blind eye to a foul mouth employee is one thing throwing a party for a monster is disgusting .
To all my wonderful decent Jewish friends around the world as always Shabbat shalom, but to the rabbi in Manhattan who allowed his employee to abuse my Ella you are a disgrace.
ABUSE OF WOMEN BY ANYONE FOR ANY REASON IN ANY WAY IS WRONG STOP IT NOW!