Feminine Torah from Bat Ayin Comes to Los Angeles


Feminine Torah from Bat Ayin Comes to Los Angeles

Yehudis Litvak

Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum, founder and director of Midreshet Be’erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah for Women on the Land, visited Los Angeles during her annual speaking tour, bringing her unique feminine Torah to local women. Over 40 women, both married and single, participated in the Tree of Life Women’s Spiritual Healing Shabbaton, which took place at a private home in the Pico Robertson neighborhood.

At the shabbaton, the women participated in a beautiful all-female Friday night tefillah, with singing and dancing. Then they learned about spiritual healing from a Jewish perspective and practiced meditation and other healing exercises. The lectures were interactive, with many questions from the audience. The participants appreciated an opportunity to gather and learn together with other women.

On Sunday, the fifth annual dinner to benefit Midreshet Be’erot Bat Ayin was held at a home of an alumna. Enjoying a healthy homemade meal, the attendees heard the latest news from Bat Ayin, accompanied by a heartfelt invitation to visit. The dinner was followed by a shiur on mothers, spiritual femininity, and the Land of Israel. The Rebbetzin spoke about the power of women to bring geulah. While each of us can contribute in our own way, our most important task is to work on our relationships and on acceptance of others, despite our differences.

“Everybody has some kind of friction with somebody,” she said. “When you work on that, it brings the tikkun.” Drawing on diverse Torah sources, the Rebbetzin spoke about the relationship between Rachel and Leah and how we can bring its lessons into our own relationships.

On Monday, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha gave a shiur in a private home about tapping into the spiritual healing energy of the month of Iyar. She spoke about using the spiritual potential of the month of Iyar to prepare for receiving the Torah in the following month of Sivan.