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December 12, 2009
December 7, 2011 5:05 AM
Maase avos simon labonim
Lori, thank you for this inspirational message. I see that you did this clip 2 years ago, but it is timeless and just what I needed to hear now. Maase avos simon labonim. Thank you.
December 7, 2010 3:14 PM
Althought the stories of the women were lost, these stories are just as important as the stories of the jewish men; if not braver.
I wonder how she got to the enemy general's tent without being captured or questioned by the enemy soliders. How was she let into the tent and where were the soliders when she came.
December 21, 2011 2:12 AM
She dressed as a traveling merchant woman, as if she had wares in her basket, and told the soldiers that she had a gift for their general. And, in fact, she did not bear any weapons, so why should they have been suspicious. We just live in such a parnoid society now, but doesn't necessarily mean they were then...
December 25, 2011 2:45 AM
the Greeks had instituted the 'prima nocta'
that's when the jewish women were taken by the enemy on the first night of their wedding!
who else would have been virgin in those days! not the greeks, for sure!
December 19, 2009 7:17 PM
Thank You Lori
Thank You Lori. This is a powerfully enlightening message. What a perfect time to hear it in this Holiday of Lights. Women certainly can get the job done. Think of the many lives that would have been lost if armies had gone into battle for that head.
December 18, 2009 3:54 PM
My daughter and i will watch this video now together!
Thanks for the timely, important reminder. So important
that this information is passed along to our boys and
girls as Lori says. I had forgotton about Judith. now
it will be told at our table as part of Chanukah tradition!
December 17, 2009 11:04 PM
Bless G-d for Women
I did not know that, how did that get lost? somthing new to tell my daughter tonight.
-J.b.J Hug Sameyach
December 17, 2009 12:47 AM
I never knew women played such an important role. Thank you, I will tell my daughter the storey tonight. Hug Sameyach
December 16, 2009 10:19 PM
Good point Lori !!
Happy Chanukah Lori & everyone !!!
December 16, 2009 8:22 AM
What a story!
Wow......She chopped off his head?! Amazing! Someone needs to chop off Ahmadinejad's head. Anyone have a basket I could borrow?
December 16, 2009 3:10 AM
Chag sameach to all!
I never fail to be inspired by these awesome videos. may the lights of the Chanukia, and through the Merits of us brave , righteous Jewish women, may Moshiach come B'mheira B'yameinu (speedily in our days) AMEN!!
December 15, 2009 8:47 PM
Happy Hanukkah to Lori a true inspiration to me.
December 15, 2009 4:32 PM
Thank you! Yasher Koach!
Ooooooh, Lori! My daughter's name is Yehudis and she is 5 years old. I cannot wait to tell her this! I will also tell my other children around the candles as well as at the Shabbos table. Thank you! A freilichen Chanukah!
December 15, 2009 4:29 PM
I know a lot of people who struggle with women's roles in Judaism and believe that women are second-class citizens. Are there any readings you could suggest to help with this sense of inferiority and discrimination? It would be SO helpful. Thank you for sharing Judith's story.
December 15, 2009 4:06 PM
I didn't know this story of Chanuka and it's admirable she did this, because of course, she saved the day. For me, however, there is a shudder that's about cutting off heads, anybody's head. Because it's so hard for me to imagine this act. There is the commandment, Thou shalt not kill.
Yes, the Jewish people were doomed, but there is still a part of me, that feels, even for the general, and all those misguided people who live in ways that are not peace, and who provoke such strong acts in order to save others.
December 14, 2009 7:29 PM
Wonderful lesson on Judith. todah for sharing! I wish the embed code would work. Many others would enjoy this.
December 13, 2009 8:00 PM
Sooo True !!
Happy Chanukah to all!! Praise Hashem.! May the lights of Chanukah burn brightly in our hearts and homes!!. Blessings. Marie
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