I grew up in the era of feminism, and while I am thrilled at the vistas of opportunity it opened up for me and so many others, I have grown somewhat disenchanted after having seen so much negative fall-out: the rise in media exploitation of women, and the break-down of the American family.
What does traditional Judaism say about this trade-off?
If women have financial clout or high political or business positions, it is thought, then they too can determine the changes that will affect their lives and the lives of others.
But the feminist movement has failed to recognize another, more subtle form of power: internal power -- the ability to affect other people's ethics and values.
Rampant crime, child abuse, kidnapping, and the dramatic rise in violence against women are symptoms of a society gone amok, where many people have no concept of right and wrong, of honesty, fairness, compassion or self-control.
Today's internal decadence is eroding the quality of life in America as fast as external political and technological advances are improving it.
In all these delicate situations, the women's ability to perceive the reality of a person or situation determined the course of Jewish history.
Thus, defined Judaically, the issue is not whether women should or should not have power, but rather on the kind of power on which they should concentrate, both for their individual development as well as for the good of the whole society.
Your current self-image tells the story about yourself until now.
Since you are still in the middle of this life story, at any given moment you can speak and act in ways that elevate the story of your life and make it more meaningful.
In 1948, a car bomb exploded in front of the Palestine Post (later the Jerusalem Post) on Havatzelet Street in Jerusalem.