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From Our Foremothers

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We hope that this child draws inspiration from the examples of her foremothers. From Eve, the first Chava, the hope to choose life and sustain it after Paradise is lost. From Noah’s wife the nurturing qualities and patience to be a steward for earth’s creatures. From Sarah the faith to follow a dream into wilderness and to believe the impossible is possible. From Rebecca the wisdom to overcome the dead hand of custom. From Leah endurance and perseverance in the face of loneliness. From Rachel the compassion and love for her sister that spared Leah pain and anguish. From Dina the ability to take risks to break out of confinement to seek friendship with other women. From the midwives Shifrah and Puah the courage to defy death to rescue the next generation. From Miriam the ability to be outspoken in her views even when they are unpopular. From Deborah the self-esteem that enabled her to rally and lead resistance and to take pride in her achievements. And from Ya’el the courage to do what he knows he must do.
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