Chavurah: Women of Wisdom

chavurahThe Membership Committee of Congregation Ohev Sholom invites you to join us as we study and discuss “Women of Wisdom.” Not only will we study the wise women of the Torah, we will share our own stories of strength and wisdom.

We meet monthly and share a dairy pot luck dinner, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the home of one of our members. For location specifics, please contact the office.

Fall 2017

September 27th, 6:00 p.m.

At the home of Meredith Farnan
Dairy pot luck begins at 6:00 p.m..
Please let Meredith know you are coming. Contact the office.

We will be discussing Zipporah, the wife of Moses.

Spring 2017

April 26, 2017

At the home of Meredith Farnan
Dairy pot luck begins at 6:00 p.m..
Please let Meredith know you are coming. Contact the office.

We will be discussing Miriam.

March 22, 2017

At the home of Lois Clayman
Dairy pot luck.
Please let Lois or Meredith know you are coming. Contact the office.

The 3 maids we will  be discussing:

Devorah (Hebrew for “bee”)

“Do not delay me, now that the Lord has made my errand successful. Give me leave that I may go to my master,” answered Eliezer (Genesis 24:56). They called Rebecca and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” Rebecca answered, “I will (Genesis 24:58).” Then she, her nurse, and her maids arose, mounted the camels, and followed Eliezer, while her relatives blessed her.

Years passed and Deborah, Rebecca’s nurse, died and was buried near Beth-el under an oak.

She is mentioned by name only once in the Torah, in Gen. 35:8, in the description of her burial under an oak tree that was named “Allon-bacuth [the oak of the weeping].”



When Rachel marries Jacob, her father Laban gives her a maid, Bilhah (Gen 29:29; 46:25), whom she gives to Jacob as a wife (Hebrew ishah) when she finds herself barren (Gen 30:3–7

When faced with what he thinks might be a tense confrontation with his brother, Esau, Jacob places the “two maids and their children” at the front of his household, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph bringing up the (protected) rear (Gen 33:1–3; compare 32:22–23).

Bilhah must have been very young when she bore her children, because Jacob’s eldest son Reuben (by Leah) has sex with her (Gen 35:22). Sleeping with one’s father’s wife was considered a great offense in biblical law (Lev 18:8; 20:11); perhaps that is why Bilhah is called his secondary wife (pilegesh) in this one text—to diminish the gravity of the act.

Nothing is said about Bilhah’s fate, but she continued to be remembered as the ancestress of major clans in Israel (1 Chr 7:13).

Billah –

Faoh Billah (Arabic: بالله ) is an Arabic phrase meaning with God or through God. It is used within various standard sayings such as the Hawqala.


Zilpah  (means fraility in Hebrew)

When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.

Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad.

Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.

Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.

Both Bilhah and Zilpah had their own tent in Jacob’s camp (Genesis 31.33).


February 22, 2017

We will meet on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the home of Shirlee Ernstein. Rabbi Shaya Katz of the Kansas City Kollel will be our facilitator/teacher for the evening and we will be discussing Rachel.  We meet at 6:00 and Shirlee will provide all the food.

Fall 2016

– Cousins Who Marry – Rebekah – November 2nd.

– Friends, Foes, Family: Leah and Rachel – December 14th, 6:00 p.m. – Meredith Farnan’s home. Contact the office for more information.

– And his mother Hagar found him (Ismael) a wife. They had 12 sons and one daughter.

Contact the office to let us know you are coming.