Eshet Chayil – Knowing How To Pray

Oct 29th, 2010 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Portion of the Week, Relationships
“False is grace and vain is beauty, a God-Fearing woman – she should be praised.”

Rabbi Yose bar Jeremiah said: Why are the prophets likened here to a woman? Because, just as such a woman is not embarrassed to demand the needs of her household from her husband, so were the prophets not shy about demanding Israel’s needs from God.” (Midrash Mishlei)

I always read this Midrash as describing a woman who knows how to pray: She will pray to God, demanding the needs of her household just as she would demand the same from her husband. The prophets learned how to pray from such a Woman of Valor.

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