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The Mother of Sisera is the source of our custom of blow one Hundred blasts on Rosh Hashanah (The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, page 584) Why is our custom based on such an evil personality there where many women who cried in the Rosh Hashanah reading we have two. In Shmuel which we read on Rosh HaShanah, Channah,cannot have a child cries also a second Parsha read on rosh Hashanah in Breishes Hagar (also bad but not as bad) a mother cant watch Yishmael die from lack of water, walks away and cries.So why is it we use this Evil women who was calmed by the other women when told dont worry he is just busy raping and hence has not returned ?

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"There where many women who cried in the torah." How many can you name? And how many are known only for crying? And how many are memorialized for it in poetry? –  Seth J Sep 8 '13 at 3:52
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Also, welcome to Mi Yodeya. And Shannah Tovah! –  Seth J Sep 8 '13 at 3:53
    
Perhaps we are appealing in a similar vein to sisra's mother because If an evil personality is capable of such heartfelt emotion for her child, how much more so should Gd, who is wholly good, have mercy on us? Alternatively, perhaps Sisra's mother evoked divine mercy with her crying, which reminds us of the power of tearful sincerity, or asserts that if such an evil woman could evoke divine compassion with her tears, how much more so should we be able to, who are not as evil, or at least not maliciously or intentionally so. –  user3114 Sep 8 '13 at 4:27
    
this site argues that while there are many homiletic explanations (though he links to none) the connection is linguistic parsha.blogspot.com/2006/09/… . Here is one of the homiletic ones I found vbm-torah.org/roshandyk/rh63-ai.htm –  Danno Sep 8 '13 at 13:11
    
din.org.il/2011/09/21/… –  Gershon Gold Sep 10 '13 at 17:55

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