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A Woman's Intuition Saves the Day

A Woman's Intuition Saves the Day

The Shunamit Woman


The “Shunamit woman” was a perceptive, intuitive woman who merited the ultimate miracle: the revival of her dead son. Here is her story:

The second Book of Kings tells of Elisha, the prophet and wonderworker who succeeded Elijah. For sixty years (892–832 B.C.E.), he traveled the northern kingdom of Israel, offering guidance and help. When Elisha arrived in the town of Shunam, this great Shunamit woman recognized the inherent qualities that ElishaElisha wanted to repay her for her hospitality possessed and asked her husband to seek him out and host him. She prepared a special room for Elisha and his attendant to stay in.

Concluding his stay, Elisha wanted to repay her for her hospitality and blessed her that she would give birth to her first child. “Do not lie to your servant,” the Shunamit woman told him disbelievingly. Yet his blessing materialized, and she gave birth to a son the following year.

One day, the child went out into the field and complained to his father, “My head, my head.” His father sent him inside to his mother, who held him on her knees until noon, when he suddenly died. His mother laid him on the bed that she had reserved for Elisha, and then she hurried to the prophet to plead for help. “Didn’t I say, ‘Do not deceive me?’” she cried.

Elisha came to the Shunamit’s house and, seeing the boy on his bed, stretched his body over the boy, hand to hand, head to head—and the boy opened his eyes! You can imagine the mother’s complete joy and gratitude. The child grew up to be theShe hurried to the prophet to plead for help prophet Chabakuk, called so for the reviving hug (“chibuk”) he received from Elisha.

R’ Yosi said, “From the Shunamit, we see that a woman recognizes the qualities inherent in her guest more readily than a man does, for it was the women who informed her husband of Elisha’s holiness” (Tractate Brachot 10b).

The Shunamit’s awareness of the qualities of this prophet led to the birth of her son. Her intuitive perception of his greatness and holiness as a man of G‑d led to her son’s miraculous resurrection.

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Anonymous USA August 8, 2013

Women Intuition Yes, many things unnoticed by men are seen very clearly by us women. Especially when women stayed home in the old days. Today Career women are busy with double the work they used to be. But there are many who manage to keep a spiritual life as well. This is a great gift from G-d when a woman have multitasks and is still able to handle them all in a positive way, for them and for their families. I would definitely like to read, and hear more about how they manage. It would be very interesting to learn. Thank you for your continued effort in bringing your insight to all of us. Reply

ruth housman marshfield, ma August 8, 2013

sensitivity is a rare gift The sensitivr among us are often the most hurt, having be burn ish ed repeatedly by life's hurts, deep sorrows, seemingly insurmountable hurdles. They may be huddled in doorways shivering from the cold, pushing shopping carts loaded with their meagre positions, dirty, seemingly abandoned, seemingly uneducated. Who is a false prophet? I wouldn't worry. The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, terminals, and etched into the lines of worry. A mother holding her starving child, willing even, to give him away for sustenance.

Ani Yodeah. God often chooses torn and dirty robes in which to hide a greater truth.

So yes, this man, could Heal. But even she had to doubt. Because doubt and belief are handmaidens. And this child, her life! Reply

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