Yesterday, I wrote about how this week’s Parsha teaches us about Aharon’s extraordinary nature, and the kindness he showed to the Israelites. Also in Parshas Chukas, we read about the importance of Miriam. After her death, the well dried up, symbolising that she brought the water of Torah to klal Yisroel. Similarly, every single Jewish woman who instils Yiddishkeit in her family and who spreads a love of Torah to those around her, takes after Miriam. Just as water is needed to transport nutrients, the unique power of women is needed to transport a love of Torah.
This Shabbes, as we sing Aishes Chayil, let us think of the Miriams in our lives. The women who have worked hard to make Shabbes; to look after their families; to spread Yiddishkeit; and to do good deeds. These women are like water in the desert, and they are the educators of the next generation of Jews.
In London, Shabbes candles should be lit at 9:03 PM and Shabbes ends at 10:34 PM tomorrow. When lighting your candles, please keep in mind Chaim Elozor ben Baila, Moshe ben Hadasa, Moshe ben Genya, Chashachana bas Bryna and Shai bas Odeya. Thank you, and gut Shabbes!