For November 10, 2022
Vayeira - Genesis 21:12
וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֜ים אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֗ם אַל־יֵרַ֤ע בְּעֵינֶ֙יךָ֙ עַל־הַנַּ֣עַר וְעַל־אֲמָתֶ֔ךָ כֹּל֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר תֹּאמַ֥ר אֵלֶ֛יךָ שָׂרָ֖ה שְׁמַ֣ע בְּקֹלָ֑הּ כִּ֣י בְיִצְחָ֔ק יִקָּרֵ֥א לְךָ֖ זָֽרַע׃
"And G-d said to Abraham, 'Be not displeased concerning the lad and concerning your handmaid; whatever Sarah tells you, hearken to her voice, for in Isaac will be called your seed. "
Rashi: "[listen] to the voice of the holy spirit within her. We learn from here that Abraham was inferirior to Sarah in prophecy.
The "outside world" sometimes says that Judaism is woman-unfriendly. Men have [think may] many more rituals and religious obligations than women. From this verse, however, we learn that women, in general, are on a higher spiritual level. Because of that women do not need all the religious obligations to become closer to G-d.
Women are more soulful than men. While men may excel in physical prowess, women are far ahead when it comes to spiritual strength. Women are more sensitive to matters of the soul, more receptive to ideas of faith, more drawn to the divine than men. The feminine soul has an openness to the abstract and a grasp of the intangible that a male soul can only yearn for.
Women are mentally stronger, just as men are physically stronger. Thus, each has his own strength and it is therefore important for husband and wife to be 1 in a marriage. So that they can give strength to each other in these points and strengthen each other.
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