Thursday, April 10, 2014

Of Pearls and Women (wit and wisdom for rivkie barber a"h)

In Eishes  Chayil, which we sing on Friday 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!

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