Me and My Big Mouth
Earlier this evening, I attended the demonstration against segregated bus lines in Jerusalem.
While everyone was still arriving, before the speakers began, the sound system was playing classic popular Israeli songs. After listening for some time, I realized that I hadn’t heard a single female vocalist. I approached one of the organizers and asked why no female vocalists were on the recording that they were playing. After all, this was a demonstration against forcing women to sit in the back of the bus... and the silencing of women’s voices is a subject close to my heart. “I’m religiously observant,” I told the organizer who spoke to me, “and I’m also a singer.”
“In that case, maybe we’ll have you sing ‘Ha-tikvah’ at the end of the demonstration,” she said.
And so it was. After the last speaker spoke, the emcee introduced me, and I got up onto the stage and led the crowd in our national anthem.
Me and my big mouth.