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Women of Distinction

12 Women Who Impacted Torah Scholarship
Culled from the span of Jewish history, from the Talmudic era to pre-war Europe
Read about some of the outstanding women throughout Jewish history who impacted Jewish scholarship.
Walking Between the Raindrops: The Life of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel Slonim
Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel was a beloved and revered foundation of the Hebron community for 43 years.
The Shunamit Woman Saves the Day
The “Shunamit woman” was a perceptive, intuitive woman who merited the ultimate miracle: the revival of her dead son. Here is her story.
A Woman’s Practical Advice and Timely Action
Wife of Ohn ben Peles
Sometimes a woman’s bold action can save her husband’s life, spiritually and physically. Such was the case with the wife of Ohn ben Peles.
A Woman's Great Vision
A wife illuminates her husband’s eyes by enabling him to see things beyond his natural perspective.
A Woman's Charity - How to Give Tzedakah
The Wife of Abba Chilkiyah
A story of a woman whose prayers were miraculously answered.
A Wife's Comforting Tone
The Wife of Mar Ukva
Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it.
The Keys to True Happiness
How often do we become excited by something, and then the excitement subsides?
My Wife Completes the Process
The role of a helpmate
Metaphorically, a man brings the raw and coarse materials home. The woman has the power to transform those materials into a finished product, thereby elevating and refining the man’s contribution.
The Scholarly Woman
Can women, too, reach great heights of scholarship?
A Woman's Inner Strength
Beruriah’s reaction to the death of her sons
Her two sons died suddenly on Shabbat, but she hid the fact from her husband until she found a way to comfort him.
The True Key to Blessings
“Be careful with the honor of your wife”
Spending too much time at work trying to make an extra buck? Wondering what the key to G‑d’s blessings is? The Talmud has an interesting formula.
Four Hundred Barrels of Wine
Yalta, the wife of Rav Nachman
There are few women named in the Talmud. One is Yalta.
The Queen's Ingenious Act
Queen Salome Alexandra
Have you ever hosted a dinner party, only to have your plans go awry? Well, you’re not alone. Learn about a Jewish queen’s creative solution that saved the party.
Beautiful Deeds
Rachel, wife of Rabbi Akiva
Although he was then a 40-year-old ignorant shepherd, she intuited that if given the opportunity, he could become a great scholar.
The Cushite Woman
Tzipporah, wife of Moses
Why is she described as a Cushite when she actually was a Midianite?
A Mother of High Priests
Kimchit & her seven sons
Kimchit had seven sons, and all of them merited to serve in the position of high priest (at least for one day) during her lifetime.
A Woman's Pilgrimage
The wife of Jonah the prophet
We’ve all heard of Jonah and the whale, but have you ever heard of Jonah’s wife?
The Proper Way to Criticize
Rabbi Yehoshua and his hostess
Not only did the woman best Rabbi Yehoshua, but she taught us an important lesson about the proper way to criticize.
Sweetening a Decree
The Prophetess Chuldah
She exerted herself in prayer to overturn the terrible decree to good.
Yocheved, Mother of Moses
Chief Jewish nurse in Egypt
Yocheved, the mother of Moses and Aaron and Miriam, surely was one of the greatest Jewish women that ever lived. She was a great lover of Jewish children, and devoted all her time to helping young Jewish mothers and their newly born babies.
Miriam the Prophetess
The Women’s Leader
The spirit of prophecy came to Miriam when she was still a child. Her earliest prophecy was that her mother was going to give birth to a son who would free the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage.
Tzipporah, Wife of Moses
Kindness and Wisdom
Tzipporah, Yitro’s daughter, was famous for her fine character and beauty. In Midian, where she lived with her father and six sisters, people often talked of Tzipporah’s kindness and wisdom.
Serach the Prophetess
The gift of very long life
Serach took her harp, which she had not played in her grandfather’s presence during all those years, and she began to play and sing.
The Daughters of Tzelophchad
Five Wise Women: Machlah, No'ah, Choglah, Milkah and Tirzah
First, the five sisters took their case to the lower courts. When the lower courts did not know how to decide the case, they sent them to the next court, until they appeared before Moses himself.
Rachav, Wife of Joshua
An innkeeper and righteous convert
Rahab reassured the strangers of her willingness to protect them. She told them that she was ten years old when the Jews left Egypt, and had followed all that happened to them with the greatest admiration.
Deborah the Prophetess
The famous song of Deborah
Deborah used to sit under a palm tree and speak to the people who flocked to hear her words of wisdom and encouragement.
The Story of Ruth
Moabite princess and ancestor of King David
Ruth did not feel any pangs of regret at what she was giving up: her life of luxury, her royal title, her prospects of wealth and honor.
Who Was Huldah the Prophetess?
A Message of Compassion
The prophetess Huldah had an important share in the great spiritual revival of the Jewish people under the reign of King Josiah.
The Widow Yehudis
An act of extreme bravery
Yehudis has inspired faith and courage in the hearts of Jews throughout the ages.
Queen Salome Alexandra
A wise and pious ruler
Queen Salome Alexandra reigned with justice, and the land prospered again.
Princess Mariamne
A Gruesome Tale
Mariamne was revolted by her husband’s heartless murder of most of the members of her family in order to satisfy his selfish ambitions.
Queen Helena of Adiabene
Jewess by choice, and friend of the Jews
It is not often that a queen decides to become a Jewess, but such was the case with Queen Helena of Adiabene.
Fine character and great wisdom
Beruriah was very well-versed in the Holy Scriptures, and could quote from them with ease.
Maria Nunez
A Marrano’s Heroic Story
The fame of Maria’s beauty and wisdom reached the royal court in London, and the reigning queen, Queen Elizabeth, sent for her.
Dona Gracia Mendes-Nasi
A Noble Patroness
The legends that have woven around this extraordinary personality are numberless, but the historical facts prove that she was indeed an outstanding personality.
Glueckel of Hameln
A writer and a woman of faith
Glueckel spent her last years writing her memoirs, which are a valuable record about the life of the Jews in Germany, and Jewish life in general.
The Righteous Gentile
Ifra Hurmiz admired Rava and didn’t want any harm to befall him.
Sarah of the Bible: The First Matriarch
The First Matriarch
A Rose Among Thorns
Rebecca is considered to be the proverbial “rose among thorns.”
Rachel: The Epitome of Motherhood
A Mother’s Unconditional Love
“This was not during the rainy season, when I could claim that it was because of the mud that I did not bring her to Hebron. The roads were dry and good. Still, I buried her alongside the road to Ephrath . . .”
Rachel and Leah: Two Destinies, Two Worlds
Two Destinies, Two Worlds
What is the mystery of the spiritual qualities represented by these two sisters? What was the secret cosmic schism that would span centuries of history?
Nitzevet, Mother of David
The bold voice of silence
He was Israel’s mightiest warrior, revered by friend and foe; yet for the first 28 years of his life he was a lowly outcast . . . The secret story behind the mysterious circumstances of King David’s birth.
Queen Helena's Sukkah
Setting an Example
An extraordinarily righteous woman who lived in the times of the Second Temple.
Women of the Desert
The protective cloud of glory that never left the women
The clouds of glory certainly surrounded and protected the women as well as the men, so seemingly, women should be required to fulfill the commandment of dwelling in a sukkah, despite it being a time-bound commandment.
Feminine Scholarship Unparalleled
The Life of Fraida, the Alter Rebbe's Daughter
As Fraida reached the next words, "You will eventually take it from me..." she lifted her ten fingers heavenward and cried out, "Father, wait, I'm coming!" With those final words, Fraida's soul departed from her body.