Just as SarahThe first matriarch, wife of Abraham, and mother of Isaac, whom she birthed at the age of 90. Sarah, in Rabbinic tradition, is considered holy, beautiful, and hospitable. Many prayers, particularly the Amidah (the central silent prayer), refer to God as Magen Avraham – protector of Abraham. Many Jews now add: pokehd or ezrat Sarah – guardian or helper of Sarah. carried her baby in an aging body
I will get through this,
Just as RebeccaThe second Jewish matriarch, Isaac's wife, and mother to Jacob and Esau. Rebecca is an active parent, talking to God when she is pregnant and learning the fate of her children, then ultimately manipulating Isaac and the children to ensure Jacob's ascendancy. Her Hebrew name is Rivka. stretched her back and arms one more time to reach the water
I will heal from this,
Just as Rachel’s body opened to a sweet new welcome after a time of seclusion
I will see clearly through my tears,
As many did.
I will not give up, ever,
Just as MiriamMiriam is the sister of Moses and Aaron. As Moses' and Aaron's sister she, according to midrash, prophesies Moses' role and helps secure it by watching over the young baby, seeing to it that Pharaoh's daughter takes him and that the baby is returned to his mother for nursing. During the Israelites' trek through the desert, a magical well given on her behalf travels with the Israelites, providing water, healing, and sustenance. set one foot in front of the other in the midst of the mud.
I will return and return to my labor,
Like RuthAn important female biblical character with her own book. The Book of Ruth, read on Shavuot, tells the story of Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and their return to Israel. Ruth’s story is often read as the first story of conversion. Ruth is the grandmother of King David., I will not miss the slightest chance.
I will discern calmly,
Just as Dvorah did, sitting under her palm tree,
I will fight fiercely,
Just as JudithJudith saved her people by seducing Holofernes, the enemy general, and then decapitating him. The story of Judith, found in the apocrypha, is associated with Chanukah (relating to the tradition of eating cheese dishes because she seduced the general and fed him dairy). Her Hebrew name is Yehudit. and EstherHeroine of the Purim story and Megillat (the scroll of) Esther. She is married to the king by her cousin Mordecai and ultimately saves her people from execution. did.
I will survive, I will sing new songs of beauty
Just as any nameless woman, an ancestor,
Who lived through her cycle of pain and losses,
And then rose up.
I have one of you next to me, at any time and step, sisters,
Holding my hands, back, and head; holding me upright,
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