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There are many interpretations. Here are a few. Rashi connects the previous verse of making "beautiful bedspreads for herself; fine linen and purple wool are her raiment" with the this verse: ניכר הוא בין חביריו מפני מלבושיו שהם נאים He is recognizable among his peers because of his garments, which are beautiful. The verse is not out of ...


According to this website it is Because Shabbos it self is a queen http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/205,152557/Why-do-we-recite-the-Aishet-Chayil-A-Woman-of-Valor-on-Friday-Night.html


The simplest answer is to show gratitude to the woman of the house who lead the preparations for Shabbos. She is likely tired and over-worked and deserves our sincere thanks! Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian zt”l (1872-1970) recounted a great mystery which he set out to solve. When he first came to learn under the Alter of Kelm, Rabbi Simcha ...


See the Otzer Dinim U'Minhagim quoted in this answer, discussing Shir HaShirim. Quoting Minhagei Yeshurun, one of the answers is that Friday night is the time of intimacy between a man and wife.


לב אליהו חכמה ומוסר עמ' רסב בשם החפץ חיים ז"ל: "נודע בשערים בעלה בשבתו עם זקני ארץ". התורה נקראת "אשת חיל", א"כ מי הוא הבעל של "אשת חיל? - הת"ח העוסק בתורה! והנה יש לך ת"ח כשמדברים אתו בד"ת מביא הרבה מאמרים של תנאים ואמוראים, וחושבים שהוא בקי בש"ס, אבל האמת הוא שגמרא זו הוא יודע, שהקצות מביאה, וגמרא זו הוא יודע מהנתיבות, והשלישית מהפני יהושע, כל זה ...


Just a copy/paste from a nice article on the subject found HERE Avigdor Shinan introduces “Eishet Chayil” in the Siddur that he edited and annotated, as follows: This biblical passage has been included in the Siddur since the 17th century (when Kabbalists established other portions of the Friday night liturgy, such as poem Lecha Dodi—jb). Its ...


This tune was composed by Ben Zion Shenker of the Modzitzer chassidim. I can't really do justice to his legacy in words here, but see the bio I've linked. His place at almost every shabbos table in the world is well deserved. And a link to a recording of Ben Zion Shenker himself singing this: http://www.piyut.org.il/tradition/841.html?currPerformance=1093


In the Zohar it gives two related interpretations of this verse. First, the context it places this in is that this is a reference to The Jewish People as the Eishes Chayil. Within that, her husband is a reference to Hashem. Known in the gates, the Zohar then gives two ways to understand. One is שערים related to the word השערה - estimation. We can't truly ...


Rashi (31:31). He says that you can explain it as a mashal. He then starts explaining each pasuk once again.If you follow his commentary he explains how the text can be explained either as speaking of the Torah or about those that are asukim (involved) with the Torah.


Try to follow the "rythm" of the whole pasuk: Chen and Yofi (if they come by themselves) in a women are either hevel or sheker (need some translation help with the nuances) but in contrast stands the woman who has Yirat Hashem. SHE will be praised. By saying Isha Yirat Hashem we understand that Chen and Yofi are connected to the Yisha. Now we need the SHE. ...


My usual source of melodies from various traditions is: http://www.piyut.org.il/english/ For Eshet Chayil they don't have many sephardig/mizrahi recordings. I could find the following: a Tunisian melody and a Yeminite melody. There is a iraqi melody on youtube that is close to how I have heard it being sung in my own family


This is an answer based on my own interpretation of Aishes Chayil, so take it for what it's worth. I am a woman. I have always felt that Aishes Chayil was deliberately written with women as the intended audience. (Not saying it was or it wasn't actually written for women, just that it reads that way in a certain sense.) What I mean is that it focuses on ...


In the olden times the judges sat at the gates. Like it says one should put judges in all your gates. A woman does not have her own 'tafkid'. Her biggest praise is that her husband has reached his through her.


In lev Eliyahu from R' Elya Lopian tz"l (written by R' Shalom Schwadron tz"l) he quotes a story he had with the Chofetz Chaim tz"l. As the Chofetz Chaim tz"l was singning Aishes Chayil he stopped by the words "Noda bashearim ba’la, Beshivto im ziknei aretz" and said ba'la is referring to Talmidei Chachamin as they are the "Noda" - the ones who know Torah ...

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