today, a time when it is important to take a moment to reflect on how important motherhood is. Mother's Day is about recognizing the hard work and dedication a mother gives to her children and a time to appreciate the important role a mother has in our lives.
Being a mother involves
love and compassion, honor, wisdom, trust, patience, inner strength, gratitude, curiosity, support, forgiveness tolerance, leadership, good humor, good judgment, education and dedication.
And on top of all that - balance! The trait of "Chesed" (loving kindness) must be balanced with "Gevurah (inner strength) so the attribute of "Teferit" (truth) can be realized. An individual can then reach his or her greatest potential.
Recently, I came across a series on Aish.com: "
Women in the Bible
," by Dina Coopersmith. Wonderful series! There are ten classes. The first four classes provide an in-depth look at the character attributes of our Matriarchs. These are exceptional women. With the exception of Leah, the Matriarchs had serious trouble conceiving, a source of pain and anguish, particularly to Rachel.
These lessons have enormous value. We can build upon
inner strength (Sarah's attribute) extend
loving kindness to others (Rebeca's attribute) recognize the importance of G-d's relationship with us through His
compassion (Rachel's attribute) and request His presence and guidance in our lives through
prayer (Leah's attribute).
Aren't these among the most
important character traits forming the foundation for an
honorable life and
virtuous person? I think so. By cultivating these attributes to a higher level in ourselves, we can reach our
Man or woman - mother or not -
every life is significant and has value. You are capable of achieving your personal greatness every day, offering your unique knowledge, wisdom, talents and services to others. During the lingering COVID-19 crisis, there are many ways we can offer our services to others.
G-d bless everyone. Happy Mother's Day!
Bonnie Chernin, JLL Founder