Men's vs. Women's Belief in Redemption
Updated and corrected
I came across a sefer of Halacha last night that was discussing the laws of Tish'a Be'av. It quotes
This idea troubled me, and I frankly find it hard to swallow. We know that in the previous redemption from Egypt, women were at the forefront of belief. בשביל נשים צדקניות נגאלו אבותינו ממצרים. Their belief by far surpassed the men's. It was the men who, when Moshe was late coming down the mountain, decided that a golden calf was the answer - not the women, who didn't want to part with their jewelry for such a purpose. It was the women who brought along the musical instruments to praise Hashem for the miracles that were not yet performed. This should tell us that their belief is greater in general.
But even specifically for the upcoming redemption, I would venture to say that women are better believers than men. Even if you want to say that it may not have been true
And besides, the nature of women is to believe. The Pasuk says "כה תאמר לבית יעקב ותגיד לבני ישראל", which teaches us that the women didn't need harsh language to accept the Torah. They were already believers in nature. We know this from מעשים בכל יום as well.
Let us hope that the merit of the righteous women of our generation will bode us well for a final redemption speedily in our days.