Topic of the Day: THE POWER OF A JEWISH WOMAN
In Eishes Chayil, which we sing night, there is a line which described the
woman as more precious than pearls.Why is a woman compared to a pearl?
A pearl is made when an unwanted grain of sand slips in between one of the two
shells of the oyster. To protect itself from the irritation, the oyster produces a soft
film to cover the invader. The oyster continues to cover the uninvited visitor with
layers of nacre — the mineral substance that fashions the mollusk's shells. Layer
upon layer of nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, coats the grain of sand until
the iridescent gem is formed.
In every person's life there are things that irritate us. Often we tell ourselves that if
only this or that were not in our lives things would be much better. Just as the oyster
takes an irritant and covers it over and over until it turns into a beautiful pearl, so too
women have the uncanny ability to take the negative and transform it into something positive.
We see this clearly in the upcoming story of Pesach. Despite the back breaking labor,
the men endured under Pharaoh's harsh laws, the women understood the need to
have more children and preserve the Jewish future. The women took mirrors they had fashioned, beautified themselves for their husbands and kept the Jewish people alive.
Every day brings challenges and frustrations. It is human nature to freeze and begin
to doubt. As women we must show the world,, that our faith is -not shaky. And
challenges will become opportunities. Try it today!