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ESSAY

Elissa Strauss says motherhood does not make women nicer. So get over it.

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COMMENTARY

Ruby Namdar on the dynamics of motherhood in Genesis and why Sarah was so bitter.

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ART

Siona Benjamin took Sarah and the other four matriarchs into the pardes. 

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ESSAY

Sigal Samuel on her adventures in feminist mythmaking and the maternal ambivalence she discovered there.

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Clémence Boulouque takes a look at Regina Jonas, the first female rabbi and a mother who had no children.

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03/13/2014 

Sarah is one of the matriarchs. The matriarch really. She came first. Sarah was the mother of the matriarchs, the mother of the mothers. And yet this mother, mother of our mothers, came so close to not ever becoming a mother. This made her totally nuts.

In this journal we look at the connection between motherhood and power.  In Sarah's struggle to overcome barrenness and create a male heir we see the complicated relationship between these two things. She longs for the power that motherhood would bring her, but is also consumed by this longing. Things don't get much easier once she has the kid either.

Is motherhood oppressive? Empowering? A distraction? A purpose? A chance to hold the keys? Or a way to get yourself locked in by one? The answer is, and always has been, all of the above.

Enjoy.

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POWER

6 And Sarah said: 'God hath made laughter for me; every one that heareth will laugh on account of me.' 7 And she said: 'Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should give children suck? for I have borne him a son in his old age.'

Genesis, Chapter 21