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How do we possibly convey the love, respect and gratitude we feel for the women in our lives – and for the fortitude and accomplishments of women everywhere?
In Judaism one option is Eishet Chayil, an ancient poem from the Book of Proverbs traditionally sung on Friday nights. “A Woman of Valor, who can find? She is more precious than pearls,” the poem declares. With each recitation of Eishet Chayil, we have the opportunity to connect with the women we love and to acknowledge the successes and sacrifices of all women.
Whether you sing this prayer every week or are interested in starting a new tradition in your home, this book helps you connect to the text emotionally and intellectually.
“Give her the reward she has earned,” Eishet Chayil concludes, “let her deeds bring her praise in the gates.” We hope this book sings to you with a full heart, that you may experience the depth of appreciation this poem offers and ultimately make your Friday nights more meaningful.
Read this book yourself: Add depth and meaning to this ancient poem and weekly ritual.
Send this book as a gift (click here): Show the women in your life how you value them by sending this book on Mother’s Day – or anytime of the year.
Introduction: On Mother’s Day, Our Women Of Valor
“Mother’s Day seems a fitting time to blend the secular custom of honoring women dear to us on a Sunday in May with the Jewish tradition of blessing these women each Shabbat by acknowledging the talents they personify.”
By Gary Rosenblatt
Exchanging Supermom for Everywoman
“Doesn’t it make sense that Eishet Chayil alludes not to one woman’s all-encompassing virtues (Supermom) but to our collective identity (Everywoman)?”
By Shimona Tzukernik
“When we take the time and make the effort we will find within ourselves that woman of valor waiting to be revealed.”
By Sara Esther Crispe
“A strong and loving bond renewed weekly. An adoring husband and a blushing mother.”
By Marc Suvall
Reflections on Eshet Chayil
“Sometimes we find something in each other’s eyes that we had forgotten to see just minutes earlier.”
By Rabbi Jeffrey Segelman
Tell Her You Love Her
Just because men will never ask for directions when they’re lost doesn’t mean that they are exempt from expressing their appreciation for what they’ve found.
By Rabbi Benjamin Blech
The Meaning of Chayil
“The Jewish wife, mother and grandmother are like soldiers to her family. She is a lioness protecting her cubs from any spiritual and physical harm.”
By Rabbi Yisroel Jungreis
How to Read Eshet Chayil
“What do we find when we look into the ways in which Jews read and understood this poem/song in the past? And what new readings can we offer as moderns and as feminists?”
By Wendy Zierler
The Root of Soul-Mates and the Feminine Quality
“On Shabbos we enter a more “feminine” quality. We cease conquering the world around us, and relinquish our obsession and attachment to control.”
By Rabbi DovBer Pinson
Rereading Eshet Chayil
“With each recitation we have the opportunity to see ourselves as links in a long chain of powerful women.”
By Dr. Gail Reimer
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Hallmark is one way to say “I love you,” but this prayer – and the many layers of meaning it contains – has the potential to elevate Mother’s Day for any woman.
We encourage you to send this book to your mother, grandmother, sister, friend or any of the women in your life who would appreciate a thoughtful Jewish message on Mother’s Day.
Send love, appreciation, and insight all in one.
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