Strong Jewish Women

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Jewish Foremothers


As I'm sure you might be able to figure out, I'm quite new to blogging. I finally figured out how to get things going here.

One of the nice things about being Jewish is that we, as Jews and as women, have many roll models. Our roll models aren't perfect. Human beings are never perfect. And the Tora doesn't whitewash the faults of the heroes (male and female). We know that Avraham lied about his relationship with Sara (he told the Egyptians that she was his sister, not his wife), we know that Yehuda wasn't always faithful to his wife, we know that David had a man killed so he could marry the man's wife (Batsheva), and we know that Sara laughed when she hears that she'd become a mother at the age of 90. But we also know that we are all descended from Avraham and Sara, that the kingship of David is descended from Yehuda and his daughter-in-law Tamar, and that the Moshiach (Messiah) will be descended from David and Batsheva.

The lesson of Tora and Judaism is that no matter what you do, you can repent. G-d forgives our sins if we are truly sorry and promise not to do it again (and mean it!). We are descended from imperfect people, and we ourselves are imperfect. Perfection only exists in G-d, not in human beings. But that doesn't doom us to transgress in the future.

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