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Category Archives: Woman of Valor

The influence of Hellenism in Judaism and Christianity


By Cisca Mudde   Hellenism had a strong influence in the world during the time of Alexander the Great. Sexuality and the genders became more important and the new ideas of the Greek culture about the genders were the cause of negative remarks in speech and writings. This we find in Jewish and Christian literature.The...
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Woman using her opportunities


by Elze Erwteman This is the story of a wealthy Shunammite woman that appears in the life of the prophet Elisha in a time of great poverty.We read this story in 2 Kings 4 :8-37 of the woman who lives in Shunem. Her name is not mentioned once, and when this happens we can assume...
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Dinah and Freedom


Dinah grew up in the family of Jacob. The text of Genesis 34:1-4 says that she was the daughter of Leah. Leah was a full-status woman born free, not in slavery. Dinah’s position is called daughter of Jacob and sister of her brothers. Dinah has a protected place within her family. Verse 1 says that...
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Aunty Bettina


  An introduction I was born in Surinam as the youngest of five girls. At a very early age I was already aware of my talents. It appeared as a fact to me that I would become a writer and a dancer in the future. My parents, teachers and others stimulated me to pursue that...
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The role of Esther


  This month we celebrate Purim. It seems that every year it becomes more important in our days to celebrate Purim. The stress and pressure that Israel must endure is growing every day. From three sides is the pressure coming: from Syria at the northern border, where Hezbollah is a tool to threat. From Gaza...
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Tambourine and drum


One of our examples in the Bible where we read about dance and music is in Ex.15: 20. Here Miriam leads the women in a round dance with singing, with the women using tambourines and drums as instruments. Jewish commentators have been asking themselves why should the women have thought about taking drums and tambourines...
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The copper mirrors


  One of the most fascinating midrashiem about women in the Talmud  for me is the midrash about the copper mirrors of the women. A midrash is a story that can give an explanation and insight in a text from the bible. The midrash about the copper mirrors of the women is a story that...
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Wake up!


In the world believers in Messiah Yeshua are waking up for the Tora that was given through Moses to Israël. Believers wrestle with the difference between what they are hearing from the most teachers of the Bible and what they themselves are reading in the Bible. Many have heard the same things for years or...
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Yocheved


  In the Talmud something is written that we as women like very much. This is the fact that it were only women that have saved the life of Moses. Because of this fact Israel could be saved and redeemed from the terrible slavery. This is written in several commentaries by the rabbis in those...
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Rosh Hashanah and passion


Rabbi Shmuley Boteach teaches us, that the most important thing for Rosh Hashanah is change. The essention of life is growth and moving forward. Death means stagnation and detoriation. We can come to a point in our life where we stagnate. We lose our enthousiasm for new things and show by this attitude that we are...
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