The first ever recorded case of #MeToo occurred in the Bible in the book of Genesis, claims rabbi and Birmingham, Michigan, psychologist Tamara Kolton. Writing an article at Forward, which boasts of hosting “a wide array of Jewish thought,” Kolton delivers quite possibly the worst exegesis ever attempted on the scriptures.
This “47-year-old woman rabbi” said she has become “emboldened” by the wave of “brave young women” coming forward to share their harrowing studies of rape and sexual abuse that they’ve buried for far too long. It inspired Kolton herself to finally come forward with her own story:
The time has come for me to step forward, too. It’s time we all acknowledge an overwhelmingly powerful source of shame and silence — in the bible.
The story that begins the bible, the first one that we learn in Sunday school, the founding story of man and woman upheld for thousands of years by Judeo-Christian religion, is actually the story of the first sexual assault of a woman. The woman’s name is Eve. And the perpetrator? God.
I want you to think about this. Here is a young, beautiful, intelligent, naked woman living in a state of Grace. She’s hungry, so she does the most natural thing in the world and eats a piece of fruit. For following her instincts, trusting herself, and nourishing her body, she is punished. Her punishment? She will never again feel safe in her nakedness. She will never again love her body. She will never again know her body as a place of sacred sovereignty.
Spoken like someone who has never actually read the Genesis account. And this mind-numbing analysis is just getting started. Next, Kolton equates God with the pedophile doctor of the USA Gymnastics team, Larry Nassar, who has been sentenced to hundreds of years in prison for molesting nearly 300 young gymnasts during his career:
“What have you done?” He God thunders. Eve wants to defend herself, but she is too ashamed to speak. Eve, our first mother whose name means the “mother of all living things,” is silenced, much the way the “patients” of Dr. Nassar were.
Kolton further demonizes “He God” by saying, “God told her not to eat that apple, or wear that skirt, or go out after dark, or be pretty, or desirous, or in that bar or on that street or in that car or born a girl.” It’s that attitude straight from the Creator himself, that has “granted generations of men permission to violate women.” Of course, she’s basing her entire theory on what she calls “the founding myth of Judeo-Christian religion.” In this case, “myth” begets myth. Not only does this “rabbi” first create a god of her own interpretation, she denounces that god and replaces him with another god of her own creation:
This God, this man-made figurehead of the patriarchy, is not my God. He is a fiction, a man-made myth, but yet one so powerful that it’s poisoned and limited our notion of what GOD, the truly divine, is and can be, especially for women. It’s time for the one truly loving, compassionate God — the God who wants nothing more than to see Eve to rise and resume her place as “the Mother of All Living Things — to make herself seen, known, and available to all of us. The God I believe in is all loving. God is a Divine source of life and healing, not shame and abandonment.
Kolton believes victim Eve is with us today, applauding the wave of new feminism that seeks to end “the collective mythologies that have sanctioned the culture of violence against women for thousands of years:”
I know that at this very moment in time, Eve is with us and she is awed and proud that we are finally finding our voices, one at time, and then hundreds, and thousands at a time. She, who was lost to us so long ago, is actually here with us now, marching in the streets, testifying, raising her voice, at last.
Eve, our blessed mother, is saying, “#Metoo.”
At this point, you’re probably wishing you never read this. So, here’s something else to stay away from: Kolton’s upcoming book, Oranges for Eve: Walking The Way of the Divine Feminine. Just another lefty trying to rewrite the Bible.