By the Grace of G‑d
Rosh Chodesh Adar l, 5730
[February 7, 1970]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and blessing!

. . . In addition to the above, the Jewish Leap Year has a special relevance to Jewish women, mothers and daughters. The sun and the moon were created as “the two great luminaries,” but each has been given its own place and function. The moon acts as a reflector and transmitter of the sun’s light. In this way it has a special quality in that it transmits the solar light and energy to those areas in nature where direct sunlight would be too intense to be of benefit.

Similarly the worthy Jewish wife, in many respects, must reflect and transmit the Torah way of life of her husband to the entire household, and it is in this way that she fulfills her great responsibility and privilege of being the Akeres Habayis. At the same time there are areas in Jewish life where the Jewish woman, rather than the man, can make the greatest contribution, using her special qualities to best and fullest advantage.

(Excerpt from a letter)