Ahead of Mother’s Day, Florida rabbis reveal gratitude for their mother’s perseverance ‘and’ faith ‘

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With Mother’s Day 2022 coming soon, many have already turned their focus and thoughts towards the mothers, stepmothers, aunts, grandmothers and others who have made a huge difference in their lives – and helped them become the people they are. Today.

A rabbi in Florida spoke about the impact his own mother has had on his life.

“My mother and her family have always taught me the value of faith and love for America,” said Rabbi Pinchas Taylor of Plantation, Florida.

“We did not have much money growing up, but my mother regularly sacrificed her own comforts and even needs.”

He said his mother, Linda, “taught me that if you want something, you have to fight for it. Never give up. I’ve been trying to live with this persistence all my life,” he told Fox News Digital.

He said that when he was growing up, “she always went out of her way to have fun with us … She encouraged my brother and me in the things we were interested in.”

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The rabbi, who is married today and has seven children of his own, said: “We did not have much money growing up, but my mother regularly sacrificed her own comforts and even had to make sure we wanted new clothes for school., Birthday parties or a chance to take at least a few weeks to summer camp. “

Pinchas Taylor as a baby with her mother, Linda. "I can see [her] effort [as a mom] was nothing short of heroic," he told Fox News Digital.

Pinchas Taylor as a baby with her mother, Linda. “I can see [her] effort [as a mom] was nothing short of heroic, “he told Fox News Digital.
(Rabbi Pinchas Taylor)

“Looking back now, with an adult perspective,” he added, “I can see that the effort was nothing short of heroic.”

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It said that for him, “it’s a pleasure to relive my mother’s interaction with her own children while watching her now interact with her grandchildren.”

Mothers are “central to Jewish life” and play a huge role in the biblical narrative.

He also recounted “a loving and fun memory” that happened on a recurring basis throughout his childhood. Said Taylor: “She had a huge fear of cockroaches. If there was one in the house, she would scream and empty an entire container of Raid and try to spray it while it ran through the house.”

‘Central’ number

Mothers are “central to Jewish life” and play a huge role in the biblical narrative, Rabbi Taylor shared with Fox News Digital.

Taylor from Florida with her mother in her younger days.

Taylor from Florida with her mother in her younger days.
(Rabbi Pinchas Taylor)

“The first woman in the Bible was Eve, whose Hebrew name (Chava) can be translated as ‘the mother of all living things,'” Taylor said.

“Adam, the first man in the Bible, has no parental quality in the Hebrew etymology of his name. The mother role is crucial to humanity,” he added.

“Of the many things I have learned from my own mother, having a simple and sincere faith ranks highest on the list.”

“Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Lea – the four matriarchs – are honored and commemorated by the four cups of wine at Easter,” Taylor added.

“The Jewish scriptural tradition emphasizes that the heroic mothers of Egypt risked their lives and defied Pharaoh’s order to drown the Israelite boys in the Nile, and that it was the women and mothers who faithfully foresaw deliverance from slavery.”

Rabbi Taylor is pictured with his mother, Linda. "Of the many things I have learned from my own mother, having a simple and sincere faith ranks highest on the list," he said.

Rabbi Taylor is pictured with his mother, Linda. “Of the many things I have learned from my own mother, having a simple and sincere faith ranks highest on the list,” he said.
(Rabbi Pinchas Taylor)

“King Solomon described all Jewish life experiences as being from our mothers (Proverbs 1: 8).”

Said Taylor: “It is she who learns that there is a taste, a scent, a warmth by fulfilling the commandments. Of the many things I have learned from my own mother, having a simple and sincere faith ranks highest. on the list. “

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“The mother gives of her essence, nurtures the embryo in her womb – and Jewish law says crucially that being born a Jew is transmitted exclusively through the mother,” he said.

Rabbi Taylor shared his thoughts on family and faith with Fox News Digital.  He is the director of adult education and outreach at Chabad of Plantation, Fla.

Rabbi Taylor shared his thoughts on family and faith with Fox News Digital. He is the director of adult education and outreach at Chabad of Plantation, Fla.
(Rabbi Pinchas Taylor / Chabad.org)

He also noted that the “Hebrew word for faith (emunah) is based on the word for mother (em).”

Taylor added, “This root word is the core of many Hebrew words that refer to deeply internalized knowledge and values ‚Äč‚Äčthat shape us at our core.”

“Mother’s Day is an excellent opportunity to revive our gratitude to our mothers, which we should have all year round.”

“[So] When we seek faith, in a sense, we are looking for an inner mother, something to nurture, especially in difficult times. “

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That is why, he also said, “Mother’s Day is an excellent opportunity to revive our gratitude to our mothers that we should have year-round, and perhaps also an opportunity to rejuvenate our connection with God and our faith.”

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Taylor, a teacher and lecturer, lives in South Florida with her family. He is the director of adult education and outreach at Chabad of Plantation, Fla.

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