SATISFACTION FROM CHILD RAISING AND HOUSEKEEPING
Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern
(You can see Part 1 here)
When combining all the above factors that:
1. The Jewish home a miniature sanctuary with the potential of housing the Shechina,
2. The Jewish mother becomes beloved to Hashem through her child raising efforts,
3. For these efforts she receives a special reward in olam haba, and will constantly be meriting rewards from her children’s mitzvos even after she departs from this world and
4. Each child that she invests has the potential to be another Torah leader in the Jewish nation, and her influence can have a lasting impact on hundreds of her descendants.
We come to the conclusion that there is no greater feeling of accomplishment, fulfillment and pride that the Jewish mother can have from raising a family in her home.
Can any job in the world compare to this?
I wish to conclude with a powerful vort that I heard from Rav Y. Frand. (From the shiur “Jewish Women in the Workforce”)
When the Aron HaKodesh was returned to our nation from Plishtim captivity, the prophet relates that Dovid Hamelech danced and leaped from joy in a manner which seemingly did not befit a King, and as a result, his legs were exposed. His wife Michal peered out of the window, and when she noticed her husband rejoice in this manner, she scorned him in her heart. When he returned home, she sarcastically remarked, “How honored was the King of Israel today who was exposed in the presence of his servants’ maidservants as one of the boors would be exposed!” (Shmuel II 6:14-23)
The Midrash comments that the word used for maidservant is “amhos” spelled exactly like imahos, inferring that that Michal was regarding the Jewish mothers as maidservants. After explaining to his wife why he danced in this manner, Dovid Hamelech remarked that the Jewish women, who you termed as maidservants, are the mothers of the Jewish nation, and I wish that I can be together with them in olam haba! The navi continues that as a punishment for her arrogant manner of speech, Michal was henceforth childless. (Midrash Rabba Bamidbar, 4:20)
Rav Frand explains that this punishment was mida kneged mida (measure for measure). Michal did not appreciate what it meant to be a mother. To her, cleaning a child, wiping his/her nose for the tenth time and rocking the child to sleep is the work of a maidservant, not of a Jewish mother. Therefore she did not merit being a Jewish mother again.
We must realize that creating, raising and molding a Jewish family is the most important and rewarding endeavor of our lifetime.
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