Volume 2 Number 41 – October 26, 2019 – 25 Tishrei 5780
Mark Your Calendars
- The Women of Aish JWRP present and evening with Slovie Jungreis Wolff – Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:30-(:30 pm at AUSH Firehouse
- Next Book Club book: “Waking Lions,” by Israeli writer Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Wednesday, October 30th, 7:15-8:45 PM hosted and facilitated by Sandy Greenberg.
AND G-D SAID, “LET THERE BE LIGHT.” (Bereishis 1:3)
In Judaism, the creation of light and of the world is considered a continuous process, renewed daily. Every day is a new beginning. The Shabbat morning prayers proclaim that G-d “opens the gates of the east and breaks open the windows of the heavens,” bestowing light on the world and mercy on its inhabitants. –Meira Raanan, (aish.com)
The concluding word of the Torah is “Yisrael -Israel,” teaching us that the Torah was given for the sake of Israel -the Jewish people. The last letter of the Torah, “lamed,”also instructive, teaching that if we combine that letter with the first letter of the Torah, “beis” from Bereshis, we will come up with the word “lev -heart.” The entire Torah, from beginning to end, was given in order to refine our hearts and make us the compassionate, merciful children of G-d. From beginning to end, the Torah is for our benefit and for all mankind.
The Creation of Woman
In contrast to Adam, of whom it is written,“Vayetzer Hashem es h’adam afar min ha’adamah…—And G-d fashioned man from the dust of the earth…, ”1 when it comes to the creation of the female, the word“vayiven,” 2 which literally means “to build, ”isused. The word“ vayiven” shares the same root as the word“ binah (understanding). ”Binah goes beyond wisdom. Rather, it is an intuitive ability to see beyond —to construct, to build —teaching us that Hashem endowed the female with an added dimension of wisdom and charged her with the most sacred of all responsibilities —caring for children, building future generations. Our Sages were sensitive to this blessing of binah which G-d granted to the female, and they felt privileged to consult with their wives.
For example, Rabbi Elazar Ben Azariah consulted with his wife before he accepted the invitation to become head of the Sanhedrin, and Rabbi Akiva acted upon the recommendation of his wife, Rachel, who saw his potential to become a Rabbi in Israel and studied Torah with intensity for many long years. Thus, it is not by coincidence that, at the giving of the Torah, G-d instructed Moses,“Kosomarl’beis Yaakov —Thus shall you speak to the house of Jacob….” 3 OurSages explain that“Beis Yaakov”refers to the women. It is the women who were to be charged first, for it is they who possess the ability to inspire future generations and insure commitment. As it has been said, “Educate a woman and you educate a family —a nation… Educate a man and you educate an individual.”
1-Genesis. 2:7, 2-Genesis. 2:22, 3-Exodus 19:3
–Excerpted from Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, www.aish.com