Kenneth Cohen

Righteous Women

When the Torah gives a summary of all that was involved in the construction of the Mishkan, there is also an acknowledgement of the role of women.

There is a reference to the generosity of the women in their donation of copper for the Mishkan. They donated the backs of their mirrors to show spirituality rather than vanity.

They kept up the morale of their husbands during the bitter period of slavery. They encouraged them when they came home exhausted from their hard work. They kept them focused on the bright future of the Jewish people. They continued to bring in as many children as they could into the world.

It is told that they did not participate in the sin of the Golden Calf. And their love for Israel was unparalleled. This could be seen in the incident with the daughters of Tzlophchad, who longed for a share in the Land of Israel.

It is understandable what the rabbis said when they wrote, “Because of the righteous women, the Jewish people were redeemed from Egypt.”

It is most appropriate to show appreciation for Jewish women, as we give our review of what brought the Jewish people to the dedication of the Mishkan.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at
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