Before I wrote “The Secret Legacy of Biblical Women: Revealing the Divine Feminine,” I secretly blamed women for creating the chaos in the world. I learned that Eve, the first women, seduced Adam to eat the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and brought evil and death into the world. Sarah sent Ishmael and Hagar away and created the conflict in the Middle East between Arabs and Jews. There are too many biblical stories for me to recount all the damage that Biblical women caused. I did not want to identify with Biblical women as they had been presented to me.
Yet, after my extensive research into the Zohar, midrashim, along with my meditations on Biblical women, and the actual writing of “The Secret Legacy of Biblical Women”, my whole understanding of the role of women was transformed. I now saw clearly that it was the independent and courageous choices of Biblical women that actually protected and strengthened all that was good and precious in the world. Biblical women changed the world forever and should be praised.
In last week’s Torah portion, we read of Rebecca deceiving her husband to secure the blessing for her son Jacob. Rebecca had received a prophecy when her twins were in her womb that she kept secret until she took the necessary steps to secure the blessing for Jacob. Questions as to why she kept it as secret, why it was necessary for her to deceive Isaac and why Isaac wanted to bless Esau rather than Jacob are explored in my books. In my newest book “Biblical Women Who Changed the World” I even expound on Rebecca’s prophecy and its importance in understanding world events today, particularly the fate of America.