When people ask me if I'm a feminist

After hearing about my vision for Batsheva, people in the frum community often ask me, "So, are you a feminist?"

I think what they mean is: what differentiates Batsheva's mission from secular feminism?

The answer I give them has a lot to do with the holiday we are celebrating now.

When we recount the story of Chanukah in the "Al Hanissim" prayer, we say that the Greeks rose to power and attempted to make us forget "Your (G-d's) Torah". The Greeks didn't have a problem with Torah per se. They were a cultured, sophisticated people who embraced wisdom and philosophy. Their problem was that the Jews did not see Torah as a philosophy but as a sweet taste of the Divine. The Jews who fought the Greeks, fought to hold onto that spark of transcendence, that unique quality of Torah to bridge the gap between the finite and the infinite, to foster the intimate relationship between the Jew and G-d.