"And the King of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one was Shifrah and the name of the second was Puah." (Exodus 1:15)Who was Shifrah and who was Puah? What do we learn from their names? Rabbi Zelig Pliskin teaches:
In the following article, it is a repugnant thought that this Muslim she-beast who hatched three Muslim mass murderers of Jewish innocents, bears the name of our great Jewish Biblical prophet. The irony is revolting. From Hamas Asks Egypt to Help Save "Mother of Martyrs":
Rashi, the 13th century French commentator, informs us that Shifrah was a second name for Yocheved, Mose's mother. She was called Shifrah (from the Hebrew root "L'shahper" - to make better) because she did things for the betterment of the infants in her care.
Puah was another name for Miriam, Mose's sister. She was called Puah because of the comforting sounds ("poo poo") she would make to the infants as mothers do to calm a crying baby.
Yocheved and Miriam have a special place in the Torah as Shifrah and Puah because of their compassion for babies.
When you experience love and compassion for others, you are emulating the attributes of the Almighty. The greater your act of kindness, the more elevated you become. An infant or young child who experiences warmth and love grows up to be a more loving person. This early conditioning will have life-long positive effects. Such a child will find it much easier to feel love for the Almighty and love for his fellow man. Whenever you make a young child feel good, be aware of the extent of your kindness. The deeper your appreciation for the kindness you are doing, the more elevated you become.
Miriam Farhat, the Palestinian mother whose praise for her three dead sons earned her the title "Mother of Martyrs," was reported Thursday to be in critical condition after suffering a massive heart attack.
Farhat's son Muhammad killed five teenagers and wounded 23 people at Atzmona in a 2002 attack. After the death of her first son, Farhat admitted in interviews with Arab media that she encouraged her other sons to follow in his footsteps and become martyrs: "I encouraged all my sons to die a martyr's death." She said she wished she had 100 sons to sacrifice that way.
Farhat, 59, was elected as a Hamas parliamentary representative in 2006. Hamas seized the opportunity of her illness to exert pressure on the Egyptians to reopen the Rafah border crossing so that she could be transferred to an Egyptian hospital. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum accused PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of "participating in the siege on Gaza."
"The Mother of Martyrs is dying and the Arab world does not seem to care," said a Hamas representative.