Rereading Eishet Chayil for Mother’s Day with Sinai Live’s “More Precious Than Pearls”

Mother’s Day always makes me wonder: How do we convey the love, respect and gratitude we feel for the women in our lives – and for the fortitude and accomplishments of women everywhere?

Jewish tradition offers one option in “Eishet Chayil,” an ancient poem from the Book of Proverbs.  Sung before the Sabbath meal on Friday nights, the song opens with a question and a declaration:  “A Woman of Valor, who can find? She is more precious than pearls.” It then praises women for a range of attributes and behaviors.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Mark Pearlman of Sinai Live is releasing More Precious Than Pearls: A Prayer for the Women of Valor in Our Lives, a collection of reflections and essays on “Eishet Chayil.”  The contributors are rabbis, scholars and laypeople, spanning denominations and generations.


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