Monday, January 13, 2020

Mothers of Israel

Tonight is the 17th of Tevet

17 is the numerical value of טוב (tov) -- good. And טבת tevet comes from tov, good.
Today is טוב שבטוב, good within good.
A miracle occurred today. Good prevailed over evil. Truth over falsehood.
Revealed good became manifest from within the hidden good.
"There is no good but Torah -- ואין טוב אלא תורה" (Avos 6:3).
Today we witnessed a victory of Torah, the ultimate good.

The State of New Jersey upheld the inviolable right of every Jewish child to attend school to learn Torah, irrespective of state's "public health" agenda.
They maintained what we already know: there is nothing healthier, nothing better, nothing more precious on earth than a Jewish child learning Torah with his/her peers.
This transcends all other "health policies."

Today's Torah portion is about the birth of Moses:

"The woman conceived and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was good, and hid him for three months. וַתַּהַר הָאִשָּׁה וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן וַתֵּרֶא אֹתוֹ כִּי טוֹב הוּא וַתִּצְפְּנֵהוּ שְׁלֹשָׁה יְרָחִים." (Exodus 2:2)

Rashi comments: (She saw) "that he was good -- the whole house was filled with light."

Good is associated with light and with Torah. The child who filled his home with light was destined to receive the Torah from G-d on Mount Sinai.

Moses' mother hid him for as long she was possibly able to keep him under the radar. She refused to let Pharaoh's henchmen take him and cast him in the Nile. After a while she could no longer hide him, but she still would not let them take him. Instead, she put him in a cradle to shield him from the waters of the Nile, and placed him among the reeds along the banks of the river. She preferred leaving him in G-d's hands than surrender him to Pharaoh. She preferred leaving him vulnerable to nature than allowing the Egyptians to expose him to toxic conditions that would possibly cause him irreparable harm.*

A future mother herself , Moses' sister believed that this child would survive and flourish despite all the dire predictions. She stood from afar and watched a miracle unfold. Not only was Baby Moses saved from harm, he was cared for and nursed by his own mother, raised and nurtured in her loving embrace, educated with maternal devotion... all in Pharaoh's own palace.

This "good" child grew up to become Moses, the lawgiver, the faithful shepherd who saved his people from bondage and led them to freedom.


The devoted mothers of our generation see the inherent goodness of their children. These heroic women who insist on shielding their Baby Moses from submersion in Pharaoh's indoctrination... those brave mothers who will not bow before "public policies" that call for their pure babies to be exposed to toxins and death... they will not go with the flow and submit to the mighty Phar(aoh)maceutical machine that fuels the economy and dictates medical policy. The courageous women try to keep their young "under the radar" for as long as possible, sheltering their precious children from medical bullying. Ultimately, when given the choice, they opt to let their healthy children to remain vulnerable to nature rather than compromise their young immune systems with dubious man-made concoctions.*

These are the "righteous women of our generation" who cherish the miracle of life and watch their young grow up in the light of Torah, immune to the man-made dangers of modern society.

These are the fearless mothers who stood their ground and rallied against the NJ legislature's latest draconian attempt to harm their children.

It was humbling to stand in their towering presence this past Thursday in Trenton and witness their unwavering devotion to their young.

Men, take heed... Rabbis, stand aside... It's time to let the Mothers of Israel stand at the helm where you have failed us. They will save our young where you have neglected them.

State will now understand that these moms are a force to be reckoned with. They are unstoppable. Their momentum will take back this country.

State legislatures, pharmaceutical industry, media conglomerates... give it up. You are no match for the determination of these empowered mothers. You will crumble before the awesome power of a bas yisroel defending her young.

No one will harm their Baby Moses. 

No one will stop their Baby Moses from learning Torah with his peers.

These are the righteous women who will verily usher in the Redemption in our times.

I am in awe.

Happy 17th of Tevet. May good times be upon us.

* As King David declared: "נפלה נא ביד ה' כי רבים רחמיו וביד אדם אל אפלה -- Let us better fall in the all-merciful Hand of G-d, and let me not fall into the hand of man."

This post is dedicated to Dvora, the fearless and devoted Jewish mother of my own children.

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