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Fenris
Jan 7th 2008, 02:58 PM
A beautiful Jewish custom I thought I would share.:)




The Jewish woman.


by Lori Palatnik

If not for her, the Jewish people would still be enslaved in Egypt.

When Pharoh decreed that all first born Jewish males should die, the men decided to refrain from relations with their wives so as not to bring any more children into this world. The women realized that God would indeed save them and bring them out of Egypt, so they went to their husbands in order to bring more Jewish children into the world. Their faith and foresight were said to have merited the redemption from Egypt by the entire Jewish people.


The Jewish woman.


The one who received the Torah first from Moses.

After Moses received the Torah from God at Mt. Sinai, he offered it first to the Jewish women, for he knew that, if they accepted it, it would become part of the Jewish people for all time.


The Jewish woman.


Who, in the face of adversity, held steadfast to her trust in the Almighty, even when those around her (ie., the men), did not.

While the Jewish people wandered through the desert, the men repeatedly complained to Moses and even asked to go back to Egypt. And, when Jewish spies were sent in to the Land of Israel and came back with reports of great dangers, it was the men who refused to enter. Forty years later, only the women of that generation merited entering the Land.


The Jewish woman.


Who time and time again saved the Jewish people through her insightfulness, virtue, and belief in God.


There are many examples, one being Rebecca who helped disguise her son, Jacob so that her husband, Isaac, would bestow a blessing upon him and not Jacob's brother, Esau. She knew that it was Jacob who had the character to become the father of the Jewish people. Later, it was his 12 sons who led the 12 Tribes of Israel.


The Jewish woman.


In whose merit will come The Messiah and the final redemption of the Jewish people.

The Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sotah, page 11





The Jewish woman, who today is the one entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the three mitzvot central to the Jewish home: Kashrut, Shabbat, and Mikvah.


If not for her, where would we be? There would be no home, no family, no purpose of being...no Jewish people.


On Friday night, she sits as the Queen of her table, while all those around her sing her praises. And rightly so.


She is the Ayshes Chayil, The Woman of Valour, who sets the tone of love, spirituality, and personal growth for all those around her.


To know her is to appreciate her strength and talents. And, just in case you would happen to forget, Ayshes Chayil is there as a weekly reminder.


It is found in The Book of Proverbs, and is widely accepted as being composed by King Solomon for his wife. But some say it dates as far back as Abraham, who is said to have composed it as a eulogy for his wife, Sarah. In fact, upon closer scrutiny, one can see deep allusions to Sarah's life and contribution to the Jewish people in its lines.

Sing it with feeling for your own Ayshes Chayil, or to the Ayshes Chayils that were the foundation of the Jewish people for thousands of years, and continue to be so today.

HOW TO

1. Although only a custom, Ayshes Chayil is sung at every Shabbat table throughout the world.


2. The men at the table sing for the women present.


3. If no women are present, Ayshes Chayil is still sung in praise of Jewish women everywhere.


4. If no men are present, the women sing it in praise of Jewish womanhood.

In other words...no matter what, sing Ayshes Chayil!


Proverbs (31:10-31)

A Woman of Valour, who can find? She is more precious than corals. Her husband places his trust in her and only profits thereby. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks out wool and flax and cheerfully the work of her hands. She is like the trading ships, bringing food from afar. She gets up while it is still night to provide food for her household, and a fair share for her staff. She considers a field and purchases it and plants a vineyard with the fruit of her labors. She invests herself with strength and makes her arms powerful. She senses that her trade is profitable, her light does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff and her palms hold the spindle. She opens her hands to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She has no fear of the snow for her household, for all her household is dressed in fine clothing. She makes her own coverlets; her clothing is of fine linen and luxurious cloth. Her husband is known at the gates, where he sits with he elders of the land. She makes and sells linens; she supplies the merchants with sashes. She is robed in strength and dignity and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks after the conduct of her household and never tastes the bread of sloth. Her children rise up and make her happy; her husband praises her: "Many women have excelled, but you outshine them all!" Grace is elusive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears God--she shall be praised. Give her credit for the fruit of her labors and let her achievements praise her at the gates.

ddmor
Jan 7th 2008, 03:36 PM
Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this with us!! :)

Teke
Jan 9th 2008, 04:42 PM
The Jewish woman.
In whose merit will come The Messiah and the final redemption of the Jewish people.


To further the thought. :)

The Jewish woman Mary (Gr. Theotokas, meaning 'god bearer') said yes and brought forth the Messiah to the world.

Seven Jewish women were the deaconess's of Jesus and His ministry. Saints Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Cleophas, Salome the mother of the sons of Zebedee /the Holy Apostles James and John the Theologian , Joanna the wife of Herod's steward, Mary and Martha the sisters of Lazarus, and Susanna.

The Holy Myrrh-bearing women followed the Lord while He preached and served Him and His disciples from their own possessions. For His sake, they aided the poor, the sick and the suffering. During His sufferings and death on the Cross, even when all the apostles had run away in fear, the Myrrh-bearers did not abandon their Savior. They stood at Golgotha (the place of the Crucifixion) and with their presence helped ease the unbearable pain and suffering of His Mother, Mary. The Myrrh-bearers did not abandon the Lord even after His death and burial. Very early in the morning they came with myrrh (expensive oil) according to the Jewish tradition, to anoint the Lord's precious Body and render Him their final respects. There, the Lord rewarded the women for all their undying love and devoted care. The Myrrh bearers worthily became the first witnesses to the Resurrection of Christ, having found the empty tomb and having heard the joyful news from the angel. Myrrh bearer Mary Magdalene was the first to meet and worship the risen Savior and to go and tell of this to His Apostles.

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Jude1:21
Jan 12th 2008, 12:01 PM
A beautiful Jewish custom I thought I would share.:)

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Yes it is beautiful isn`t it.
The verses for the man and the woman are beautiful

Jesusinmyheart
Jan 15th 2008, 04:04 AM
Thank you for sharing this. And this is very true, women often bear the brunt of trying to keep a home stable and following the Lord.

Shalom,
Tanja

Fenris
Jan 15th 2008, 12:46 PM
Thank you for sharing this. And this is very true, women often bear the brunt of trying to keep a home stable and following the Lord.

Shalom,
TanjaTrue, true. In Hebrew, the word for 'house' is a feminine noun for this very reason.