This week we begin a new book of Torah, Shemot (Exodus), and with it a new stage of Jewish history. The family of Yaakov (Jacob) grows into the nation of Israel, and this new beginning is accompanied by terrible growing pains and hardships.

But along with hardship comes strength and faith. And at the forefront of this faith we are introduced to the incredible women who used their ingenuity, creativity, perseverance and tremendous conviction to ease the plight of their people.

Yocheved, the mother of Moses, who was born at the walls of Egypt, teaches us how to synthesize opposing aspects of our lives.

Miriam, the sister of Moses, teaches us not to succumb to our harsh surroundings, but to rebel against the bitterness.

Batya, the daughter of the wicked King Pharaoh, teaches us how to totally transform our identity and life’s path.

Also this week, in our home crafting section, Chana Scop shows us how to organize and beautify our home by jarring creatively.

We begin a new video series with Goldie Plotkin called The Whys of our Ways, exploring the meaning behind Jewish customs. Miriam Adahan teaches us the incredible power of a ruler. And Beryl Tritel relinquishes her makeup and begins to accept imperfection.

Wishing you a week of good new beginnings!

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW