“Off The Derech” Motherhood’s Domination

The Torah, early one, addresses relationships and power between the sexes. “A man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24. Impliedly, a Human consists of two pieces, a male and a female. In modern times, this notion persists. People still commonly refer to their spouse as their “better half.”

Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden reset the balance of power between husband and wife. In Genesis 3:16, God established that established that man would rule over woman. This position, however, never made it past the Book of Genesis.

With an established covenant, Abraham was to be a father of a great nation and Sarah it’s mother. Sarah giving birth to Isaac introduced conflict as Abraham already had a son with his concubine, Hagar. Hagar’s son Ishmael produced uncertainty as who would become Abraham’s successor.

Eventually, Sarah forced Abraham to address the matter. It is written: “[a]nd Sarah said to Abraham, “Drive out this handmaid and her son, for the son of this handmaid shall not inherit with my son, with Isaac.” But the matter greatly displeased Abraham, concerning his son. And God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased concerning the lad and concerning your handmaid; whatever Sarah tells you, hearken to her voice, for in Isaac will be called your seed.” Genesis 21:10-12.

This passage seismic shifts the relations between Men, Women & God. Even God defers to Women on family matters. God does not direct Abraham what to do. He tells him to accept his wife’s directions. Apparently, Motherhood tips the scale with respect to power.

As the institution of marriage has fallen into disfavor in modern times, the appreciation of the power of motherhood has diminished. Women choosing to not have families are not particularly fond of it. Husbands tolerate it. As Women enter the workforce as equals to men. Men may lack power in both at work and at home.

As a professional, there have been a number of women who have put a stop on their careers to stay at home to raise their children. Others, who are still working, wish to take more time to spend more time at home. This struggle is a common day occurrence in modern society. Mothers often appreciate the power and influence they have being able to raise their children.

In modern times, businesses and governments promoted women entering the workforce. This source of labor is too irresistible to let go. Is this a reason for business offering abortion assistance to their employees now since Roe vs. Wade was overturned? Is there a societal fear of the power women have when they become mothers?

In sum, in the past, becoming a parent was valued within society. Motherhood was once recognized as perhaps the most important and powerful station in life. As society moves away from valuing parents, the institution of motherhood will be at risk. Governments see the motherhood’s power as a threat and are seeking to diminish it.

Be well!!

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I am a practicing lawyer and long term admirer of the bible

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