Garden of Wisdom Lesson #58: The Test of Character
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Eight Founding Mothers: Jewish DNA

Jewish DNA
Divine wisdom is amazing. In Jewish Law, one is a Jew if the mother is a Jew.

In an amazing research paper, the American Journal of Human Genetics calls our people, a "female-defined ethnicity"; that's enough to silence the chauvinists.

But that's not my main point here: extensive research shows that all the Jewish People are descendents of "eight small, distinct nuclei of women". And, Ashkenazi Jews alone stem from four founding mothers.

Do you realize what that means?

When one Jew seeks to harm another Jew, he or she is targeting a brother or sister. That's most hateful to our Father in Heaven.

The book "Tana D'Bei Eliahu" is a compendium of Elijah the Prophet's teachings that he says in the Name of Hashem. These teachings were handed down from generation to generation until they were compiled in book form. One of them says: "The Holy One said to the People of Israel: 'Beloved children, is anything lacking in this world? Do I ask you for anything? All I ask is that you love each other, and that you respect each other, and you have awe of each other's dignity. There shall not be swindling, affront or any unsightly interaction among you, so that you don't bring any blemish to the world Tana D'Bei Eliahu Raba, Ch. 28).

Our Torah doesn't need scientific confirmation when it tells us that we're Hashem's beloved children, namely, that we're all brothers and sisters. Since that's the case, let's begin loving one another; it could save our lives. Help put an end to intramural hate.

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