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May 20, 2013
rejuvenation of sarah
I would like to further explore Sarah's beauty. I truly believe it was the glory of HaShem making her more beautiful and youthful than any other woman around. HaShem had to rejuvenate her body to prepare for physical birthing of a child and rebirth Sarah into the true image of HaShem as well. I rather have His glory than botox and cosmetic surgery any day!
Lisa Long Beach
May 10, 2013
Sarah the most beautiful woman for Abraham
Thank you Chana for a nice story. Do we have a description how Sarah how she looks like? I think the most beautiful woman for a man is his beloved.....wife.
May 10, 2013
Boundaries are meant as a legal difference that identifies a personal soul from another. The personal space of a soul where G-d frecuents
The clue to note: Triumph. Boundaries can get trespassed if one loses a sense of awareness. Maybe the belittlement of the disregard didn't seem too bad, never the less it's a trample. Persons who engage in this regularly seem to think that some would be so completely naive to even notice a stranger entered intimate places w/o permission nor regard. WHAT sneakiness drives people to go so far? Astonished I realized some personalities thoroughly engage themselves to intrussive spying in this manner regularly, many not even knowing anything is wrong. Whether entered into subtley or bold: "No, stop and don't", somehow do not register with this type of invader. This type of entity somehow seems to think that G-d's inner rooms are safe & open for 'their' inspection. Who could inflate by gazing with so ill an intention? A robber is one who presses past all barriers in order to obtain & covet that which is gazed upon. Could any be searching for the source of Virtue, or ideal heredity like this?
Social Science research USA
May 9, 2013
I am finding your new series highly enjoyable. I look forward to each new class and savor their message and quality. The presentation, the review, the visual elegance and simplicity all harmonize beautifully. Good work and may you go from strength to strength!
Bracha Ruth Zaklad Tzfat
May 7, 2013
Chana: Same Action As In Egypt, Different Reason
I rarely refer to any woman by her first name other than my wife for a different reason. When I am around other women I typically don't say their names. This has nothing to do with physical attractiveness of other women, and everything to do with my desire to make myself scarce, so that I do not seem attractive around other women, possibly boldly stating a name sexual. Historically, women often make themselves available to me, even offering sex for free. What woman would possibly want to have a relationship with me if I don't even bother to demonstrate that I at least know her name (is my thinking)? Thus, by not using names, I avoid new relationships with women. My relationship with my wife (who asks not to be named) is sacred, and one way I make our relationship sacred is this. One woman told me that I could have two wives, however, two wives is not what I want because that would jeopardize my marriage.
Craig Hamilton Sandwich, MA
May 7, 2013
Having said that, however, being that the "yetzer hara" --evil inclination/temptation will be "slaughtered" in the Messianic era, you raise an interesting point about whether specific strong barriers that are meant to safeguard the genders will be as necessary.
May 7, 2013
thank you all so much for your positive comments and kind words. Your feedback is very much appreciated. To anonymous, yes, I see religious duties/roles expanding in Messianic times--but for both men and women. The primary occupation for all mankind at that time will be seeking out and pursuing a "knowledge of G-d". As you mentioned, too, it will be a time when there will be an overabundance of all material needs. Consequently, there will be far more time and energy available for all, and as you note, specifically women, to focus more intensely on their spiritual pursuits. Just as there are different biological and psychological needs and expressions for both men and women, we differ too in our spiritual makeup. I believe that our spiritual pursuits, should and will continue to reflect our differing spiritual energies.
May 6, 2013
Good spin on a questionable story
Thank you for putting very good spin on a very questionable story. There is no question in my mind in importance of Sarah and her influence on women. From the same father (Abraham), but with different mothers we have Itzack and Ishmael. This is the lesson for feminism.
However do we forget to why Abraham told everyone "this is my sister?" He was scared that he will die. It is the moment of weakness and nothing really to do with his appreciation of the beauty of Sarah.
As the woman I have a lot of problems with people judging other women on a skin deep level. Our culture is obsessed with weight and looks. But as a wife, I do want my husband to find me desirable. This is not a socialist feminism of famous book 1984 - we dress up, use perfumes and make up...try to attract our husbands. How many of us what to live with someone who is not sure if you are beautiful until he sees other men looking at you?
Feminism is beautiful. Sarah as a feminist - agree, Abraham?
Margarita M jewishmelbourne.com.au
May 5, 2013
Thank You very much Chana for this insightful lecture! Respectfully, can you kindly comment on whether you see women religious duties / roles expanding in the orthodox Jewish communities (Chabad included) as we now live in post-modern society, in, G-d willing, pre-Mochiach times. As I understand, Zohar envisions "equal" or "similar" roles for men and women in the World to Come. Therefore, do you envision at least older women (whose children are grown up and therefore having some "free" time) being able to play a larger role in religious activities (Talmud studies, etc.); and younger women who have sufficient family / financial support to qualitatively delegate family obligations? Don't get me wrong, what you and others are doing is a great progress compared to 18th and 1th centuries orthodox communities; having said this, do you see room for further advances near term in this respect?
Anonymous Flemington, NJ
May 4, 2013
Abraham the Feminist
Thanks Chana. You're amazing,every time I watch your lecture.I come to learn useful lessons;particularly about G-D's miraculous love to his people of Israel. Abraham,the father of the faithful.G-D has shown him great love when he saved Sarai from the hands of Pharos's men. But the most important lesson is not view a woman externally as flesh but deeply beyond the purpose for which G-D has created her for supreme goal.