What the Rabbi told 3000 Moms…(9-Second Inspirational Video)
5000 JewishMOMs getting psyched about motherhood at the annual Binyan Shalem conference. I love it!
But while I enjoy the interesting classes on motherhood and marriage, for me the most inspiring thing about Binyan Shalem is just seeing so many JewishMOMs in one place. Chances are that between them these 5000 JewishMOMs have over 20,000 children, which means they are raising a large chunk of Israel’s next generation—and filling them up with faith and love of Torah and Hashem. So every year when I see these holy and queenly moms, who never gather all together except at Binyan Shalem since they are all so busy raising their kids, I just feel awe to be among them and one of them.
Today was the second day of this year’s three-day conference, and the first event on the schedule was the conference’s “Central Ceremony.” So I joined around 3000 of the Binyan Shalem JewishMOMs in the largest hall of the Jerusalem Conference Center in order to hear speeches from a government minister or two and to receive blessings from some of Israel’s leading rabbis.
When Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu stood up to walk towards the podium, the entire crowd stood up en masse to honor him. And tears came to my eyes—-seeing thousands of such impressive Jewish mothers standing to honor the Torah.
But Harav Eliyahu looked out at thousands of JewishMOMs, and you know what he said?
He said, “I have been invited here to bless you, but…” (watch the video to hear the end of his quote)