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Unformatted text preview: he Hebrew alphabet, perhaps they signify that everything from the
beginning to the end resides in womankind. There is no need therefore, for women to be constantly
reminded as men are, of their duty by special signs and actions, as they have them instinctively. In
addition, there is a concept in Judaism that if one is exempt from a certain action, it could be thought
presumptuous and smacking of an unnecessary public display of piety to insist on performing a
commandment which is not obligatory. (Ber. 17b.).
What the mother has to do is to introduce the subject to her child. Telling it, "it is soon going
to be Pesach" allowing it to help with simple chores, allowing it to be swept up in the excitement of
the Pesach preparations, so that Pesach, Shabbat, Kashrut and all those other things great and small
that make up the Jewish tradition become second nature to it. It stands to reason therefore that she
cannot do two things at once, that is see to her household and children and at the same...
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