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Expressing Kindness – Letter Pay – Part 1 – The Aishes Chayil Style

Posted by Rabbi Yosef Tropper
June 27th, 2011
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This entry is part 39 of 40 in the series The Aishes Chayil Style

פיה פתחה בחכמה ותורת־חסד על־לשונה.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom; the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

This verse contains one of the most clear and eloquent expressions of the greatness of our Jewish women. The Ralbag and Meiri both note the two points being stressed here. The Aishes Chayil teaches her children: (1) the pursuit and love of Chochmah, wisdom and the appreciation of (2) kindness. This refers to a strong foundation in Torah and the encouragement for her family to be educated and well-versed in the wisdom of the world. The greatest wisdom is that of Torah knowledge.

The Aishes Chayil teaches kindness. Chazal (Kiddushin 49b) say that women have a large power of speech. What does the Aishes Chayil channel this power for? She expresses and lives as a  personal example of showing warmth and care for those in need. She teaches her children how to care and think about others and to share chessed with them. Additionally, and even more deeply, the Aishes Chayil shows her children all of the daily opportunities to see the kindness of Hashem in action. A child sees his mother whispering a Tefillah or a Beracha and he asks, “mommy, what are you saying?” She uses that teachable moment to share her inspiration and replies, “I am davening to Hashem and asking Him to give us our needs; I am thanking Him for giving us life and this delicious food.” A child sees his mother lighting Shabbos candles and crying. “Mommy, why are you crying?” “I am davening to Hashem that Tatty should become a great Talmid Chacham and that you my dear child should grow in Torah and Yiras Shamayim and you should always enjoy your learning.”

The Aishes Chayil builds a home where the love of Torah and the passion for life is palpable. There are always challenges and obstacles in everyday living, but the Aishes Chayil exudes an attitude of positive energy, appreciation to Hashem, and an unrelenting emunah that Hashem is the ultimate Provider Whose kindness fills the world.


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