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February 04, 1994 - Image 99

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-02-04

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she said. "And suddenly it hit
me. I've been impressed by all
this, but how much do I know
about my own heritage?"
Ms. Sidi returned a very dif-
ferent person to NBC. Incredu-
lous, her bosses tried to
persuade her to return to "nor-
mal."
Not a chance. She turned
down an opportunity to cover
the 1980 Olympics in favor of
keeping the Sabbath. (The Unit-
ed States later boycotted the
games).
Her superiors were dumb-
struck when she wrote off pow-
er lunches.
"One of the things that hap-
pened to me when I came back
to NBC was that I looked at the
world with new eyes," she said.
"I looked at the way we career
women plan our careers. We
wouldn't dream of having a
lunch that wouldn't be a power
lunch — (a lunch) that wouldn't
take us to the next step in our
career ladders.
"But when it comes to per-
sonal relationships and how we
look for our mates, we leave
that totally up to chance. Whose
eyes will meet across the bar?
Whose elbow will we bump in
an elevator? We don't spend any
time planning whom we're go-
ing to marry."
So Ms. Sidi informed her
friends and co-workers that she
would only dine with and date
Jewish men with marriage on
their minds. She went out on
her first shidduch and fell in
love.
"He was a doctor at Harvard.
Even my mother forgave me
that he was religious," she said.
In 1979, Ms. Sidi became
Mrs. Resnick. She and her hus-
band, Lawrence, have since had
three children. A year and a half
ago, they moved to metro De-
troit. They attend Bais Chabad
of West Bloomfield.
Above all, Ms. Resnick's jour-
ney from secularism to Ortho-
doxy has changed her
self-image. While working for
NBC, she defined herself as
"first and foremost a woman,

a journalist, an Israeli, an
American, a liberal and a hu-
manist. And somewhere, I was
also Jewish. But it really meant
nothing to me."
Now, she paints a much dif-
ferent picture of herself: She
puts the Jewish part first. This
priority is essential to "having
it all," she says.
"Jewish values dictate that
women are the mainstay of the
home. You cannot be CEO of a
major corporation and the CEO
of your family. If your 'all' is the
home and your family, you've
still got it all. (Family) is only a

sacrifice because we think that
job and career are more worth-
while," she says.
Ms. Resnick quit NBC in
1987 to devote more time to
family and Jewish causes —
like Bais Chabad's adopt-a-set-
tlement program providing
moral and financial support to
Jews living in Bat Ayin in the
West Bank.
Does she miss NBC? "Not a
bit," she says.
In fact, Ms. Resnick consid-
ers her children her "best pro-
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"When I look at my friends,
some of them unmarried to this
day, past the prime of their lives,
past child-bearing age, who
bought the feminine mystique
myth that you can have it all...I
feel very sorry for them. But I
could have been one of them. I
was lucky. I was able to make a
change in my life and to realize
what was important"— Molly
Resnick
Not surprisingly, Molly
Resnick sparked opposition af-
ter her January speech to
Women's Division of Jewish
Federation. Business and Pro-
fessional Women (B&P), a sub-
section of Women's Division,
sponsored the event. In atten-
dance were female Jewish at-
torneys, doctors, reporters,
judges.
Some unmarried. Some with-
out children.
Susan Moiseev, chairwoman
of B&P and a Southfield judge,
said response to Ms. Resnick's
speech varied from insulted to
impressed. Judge Moiseev had
mixed feelings.
"If (Ms. Resnick's) message
was that being Jewish is more
important than movie stars and
a fast lifestyle, I think that's a
good message," she said. "If it

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was the importance of putting
Judaism first in your life, I
think that's a good message,
too. But I'm not sure that is
what her message was."
Some single women won-
dered if Ms. Resnick implied
their lives are worthless. Sur-
prised the debate did not sur-
face during the question-and-
answer portion of her speech,
Ms. Resnick explained after-
ward.
"The name of woman, in He-
brew, is Chava, which means
the mother of all things. Chava
is the epitome of nurture. The
woman, therefore, is the nu-
turer," she said.
This does not mean that the
lives of Jewish women without
husbands and children are
worthless. Not by any means:
"If a woman is not married,
she should devote herself to nu-
turing her extended family, her
community, her city. If you're a
talented career woman and you
happen to be a vice president of
a bank, that should not be your
only goal. Take that talent and
give of yourself to those who
need you. Jewish values teach
that one derives satisfaction
through giving." ❑

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