The Rebbe: “A woman teaches with softness and sensitivity which make her listeners more receptive”

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From the Rebbe’s explanations:

– … Women are called akeret ha-bayit”, which can be interpreted to mean “the essence of the home.” They have the unique emotional nature allowing them to shape the personalities of the members of their household, particularly, the young children. A woman teaches with all her heart, with life and energy, and also with softness and sensitivity which make her listeners more receptive. And thus, it is through Jewish women that the Torah has been communicated to the entire Jewish people throughout the generations, the generation of the Redemption.

And it was for this reason that G‑d told Moshe to approach the women first and tell them — in a pleasant and happy manner — that G‑d is prepared to grant the Torah (His wisdom and His will) to the Jewish people, to the people as a whole and to each person individually.

This is the role and the mission which has been granted to Jewish women, to educate their children.

It is a holy obligation incumbent on each woman to do what she can in the field of education. This also includes increasing one’s own education, for doing so will inevitably allow one to educate others more effectively.

As we prepare to celebrate the approaching festival of Shavuot, which marks the giving of the Torah at Sinai…, we must realize that it is not merely an annual commemoration of an historic event,

but also – and for the most part – a re-living of the event itself.

Thus, this Shavuot, as Jewish people receive anew and reaffirm acceptance of the Torah, the women should be first to again assume responsibility for its perpetuation, through its study and observance.

Based on the Rebbe’s talk (Nshei uBnos Chabad Convention, 28th of Iyar, 5751 (1991).

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