Disclaimer: I don’t endorse the pic or the use of the term “Jewish”however this is a good read for discussion of the “5 Sisters” called the Daughters of Zelophehad. Let’s take a look at their monumental and transformational achievement. They changed their lives and their Nation. Their story is found in Numbers 27
Read Ruth 1:16
These words are often quoted during a wedding ceremony, but they were actually said by a young woman to an older woman whom through circumstance and covenant became her family. Please read scripture and answer questions 1. If one is not already married how might Sisterhood prepare you for marriage? 2. If one is already married how might Sisterhood perfect you for marriage?
Though not blood sisters Sarah and Hagar are an example of what happens when sisterhood breaks down. Women of different bloodlines but the same color, Sarah and Hagar challenge us to love sisters even in difference.
Note: We understand Hagar was not a bloodline Hebrew but she did sojourn with Sarah and Abraham.
Though Hagar is not a Hebrew this lesson is a metaphor to get us to think about how even Hebrew sisters who are different can treat each other badly and how we need to respect eachother even in difference. Scripture commands us to welcome the stranger and to love our brother (or sister).
While listening ask yourself how do I treat Hebrew sisters who are different from me?
Don’t get focused on what non Hebrew women do to us but ask Yah how you can be a better sister to your fellow Hebrew sister. There is a lesson in everything scripture states.
#Podcast Practical Torah Episode 4: Vayera (וַיֵּרָא — “and He appeared”) Genesis18:1-22:24
Achot/ Sister =אחיות
(Scriptures I can apply to my Sister relationships)
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up
Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
James. 4:11 “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity
Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:” | Proverbs 7:4
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” | Matthew 12:50“
Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” | James 5:16 Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians. 2:3 New International Version)