Beth Am Women, Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan: Eishet Chayil -- A Woman of Valor: A Modern Look at Ancient Tradition | Congregation Beth Am

Beth Am Women, Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan: Eishet Chayil -- A Woman of Valor: A Modern Look at Ancient Tradition

With Lisa Rauchwerger

Come welcome in Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, sometimes called mar Cheshvan -- bitter Cheshvan -- for the month's lack of holidays, with a discussion of Eishet Chayil: A Woman of Valor, from Proverbs 31. These 22 verses, traditionally recited by Jewish men to their wives on Shabbat, is both beautiful and troubling for women today.

We'll take a look at this ancient acrostic and discover what scholars across the spectrum of Jewish thought have to say about this biblical portrayal of the ideal Jewish woman. Is it a lovely tribute to Jewish womanhood, a metaphor for Shabbat, a sexist, impossible standard set by men for their wives, or something in-between? How do ancient rabbis and modern feminists grapple with this text?  Is there a way to interpret it in a modern context?  Join the discussion and come to your own conclusion!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lisa at (877) 321-7925.

Rosh Chodesh is a program of Beth Am Women.

Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
  • (650) 493-4661 Contact Us

We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).