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Mikvah Ohel Leah

MONTHLY MESSAGE

ROSH CHODESH KISLEV 5781

The power of the Jewish Woman

            Yehudis, a young widow, the daughter of Yochanan, the Cohen Gadol from the Hashmonaem family displayed heroic efforts in the Chanukah narrative.  She helped bring salvation to the Jewish people.  How so? 
            When the Greeks had laid siege around Yerushalayim, cutting off all water and food supply - it was simply a matter of time before the Jews would surrender to the enemy.  Yehudis had faith in Hashem and had a plan to seduce the Greek general, feed him salty cheese, and give him strong wine to drink.  After intoxicating him, she davened to Hashem for success in her mission, and beheaded the general.  She then proceeded to take his head and place it on top of the walls of Yerushalayim.  In the morning, the enemy saw the head of their commander on top of the walls!  What a terrible fright for them.  They fled immediately, and miraculously Hashem saved us from the evil enemy.
            Yehudis helped to bring light into this dark situation.  In commemoration of her brave plan we serve dairy foods on the holiday of Chanukah.
            May we continue to witness light during these days of darkness and soon witness miracles Bayamim Haheym Bazman Hazeh! - on these days, at this time!

Chodesh Tov! (Best wishes for a good month!)

Debi Epstein
Mikvah Director

To enrich the present and guarantee the futureā€¦.

 

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781