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Even in today’s day and age, with all of the advancements made in the treatment of women, we must rethink and challenge our value system.

Abraham the Feminist

Abraham the Feminist

Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 3

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Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.
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September 2, 2013
Re: Me
I talked to my wife and she said to use women's first names. So, now I do. I think it is a great idea. I was so foolish before.
Craig Hamilton
Sandwich, MA
August 31, 2013
Sarah our honoured Mother
Dear Chana, this was tremendous.I learn something new from you each time.What a wonderful understanding of Avraham and Sarah, and the differences between the two cultures and how they are viewed.Please continue to teach us more.
Hadassah
August 7, 2013
Abraham the feminist
Hi Chana,
I think this is a beautiful and interesting lecture. I loved it. Thanks for giving us another perspective in order to build and appreciate our inner beauty.


Avigail Castillo
Jerusalem
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.
Anonymous
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
High praise
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.
Chana Weisberg
May 7, 2013
thank you!
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.
Chana Weisberg
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