Mother’s Milk (Yitro)

And G-d called to Moses from the mountain saying: ‘This is what you shall tell the house of Jacob and relate to the Children of Israel’. (Exodus 19:3)

The ‘house of Jacob’ refers to the Jewish women. (Rashi)  

The offer to receive the Torah and become G-d’s nation went to the women first. Why? Because a mother is the conduit for a child’s identity and essence. Identity is the context for all learning and spiritual growth (Torah). Therefore, it was crucial for the women to first accept this divine responsibility, only they could ensure its perpetuation for generations to come.

 

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