When I collected information for my article Research on Cherkassy, I found some interesting information on a roll
of microfilm from the Melitz newspaper (the first Hebrew newspaper
published in Russia). This newspaper had a section that told of interesting
occurrences in various Jewish communities. I did not use the information found
in this column in my article, for I did not find the incident that was
described there to be a nice story about the Cherkassy community. Now I realize
that I may have made a mistake.
The story is as follows. The organization of the prayers for the
High-Holidays, particularly Yom-Kippur,
did not suit many of the community members. It seems that something was
crooked. This caused a bit of quarreling in the community.† Something had to be done about it.
And on Simchat Torah something was done about it. When
began, all of a sudden, and at the exact same time, all the women of the
community threw their husbandsí Etrogim, that had been used for Sukkot, at particular male participants. This way, the women had
their say in how they believed that the community should be run.
Now it is obvious that this action was well planned. It may well have
been one of the first instances of "Women's Lib".