Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi’s Amazing Birth Story
Before my teacher, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi, gave birth this past July, I was as excited and hungry for the good news as if I was about to give birth myself… And I was far from alone. Rabbanit Yemima is probably Israel’s most popular female teacher, with tens of thousands of students. And I’m sure all of us were sending our beloved and revered Rabbanit good vibes and prayers for a safe delivery, especially since this pregnancy was considered high risk due to Rabbanit Yemima’s age.
So it meant so much to me to read in her class this week that Rabbanit Yemima could feel all of those good vibes we students were sending her way, and, it turned out, she even named her baby after them….
Here is the moving opening of this week’s class from Rabbanit Yemima:
The Sefat Emet teaches that when a person feels that what happened to him was not in his own merit, and it wasn’t the result of his own efforts at all, then that’s a sign that he needs to go to those people in whose merit this miracle occurred and say, “Thank you. Thank you for requesting on my behalf. Thank you for praying for me.”
When you say “Thank You” to the people in whose merit you were saved, they are guaranteed a good year. Why? Because God says, “Even if, God forbid, they don’t deserve to be saved. Even if, God forbid, they don’t deserve a good year, she is a person who saves other people in this world. She helped another person this year, therefore she will have a good year.”
Therefore, I know that all of you are going to have a fantastic year! Because, truly, all of your prayers saved me.”
I didn’t have strength for this birth.
During my ninth month, the verse, “There is no strength for the birth” was running through my head all the time. How would I manage to get through it? How terrifying! And when they wheeled me into the operating room for my C-section, I cannot tell you what a dark terror fell upon me.
And out of nowhere, I suddenly truly felt, without making anything up, the letters of prayer surrounding me.
The prayer of that woman and that woman and that woman. Those letters saved me.
Because of those letters I saw, we named our baby “Moshe.”
Moshe Rabenu was a person who belonged to the Jewish people.
“Eema, this is a public baby, he doesn’t just belong to our family. He belongs to all of the Jewish people,” my daughters say. And I know they are correct.
A huge Mazal Tov to Rabbanit Yemima and all of the Mizrachi family!!! Click here to sign up for Rabbanit Yemima’s free weekly English inspirational newsletter