February 16, 2011 5:37 pm at 5:37 pm #595065mewhoParticipant
When I was young I was told that singing Ayshes Chayil was done as a praise of teh wife. Later in life I was told that it is sung to honor Shabbos.
Anyone have the facts on this one?
ThanksFebruary 16, 2011 5:45 pm at 5:45 pm #741234YW Moderator-80Member
it is sung in honor of the wife
it is sung in honor of Shabbos
it is sung in honor of the Torah, this is probably the primary pshat even though the words seem to be referring to a woman
(similar to Shir Ha Shirim)
that is why even unmarried men and boys sing itFebruary 16, 2011 5:50 pm at 5:50 pm #741235
I don’t sing it. I would rather eat now. Then, after the meal, I would rather sleep. In the morning, I would rather daven, then eat, then sleep, then daven, then eat, etc.February 16, 2011 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #741236
PB- if i wer ur wife i would rather not serve.February 16, 2011 9:45 pm at 9:45 pm #741237WolfishMusingsParticipant
We always sing Aishes Chayil before kiddush, except when Eeees tells me that she’s too hungry and would rather eat now. When that happens (which isn’t too often), we usually sing it during the meal.
The WolfFebruary 16, 2011 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm #741238
PB- if i wer ur wife i would rather not serve.
That is the problem with people today. They would “rather not” do things.
If you look at my post, it was all things that I would “rather do”. I never said anything I would “rather not”.
The wife should not say that she would “rather not” serve, the same way I don’t say I would “rather not” go to shul.February 16, 2011 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #741239
PB- If I was ur wife I would rather u went hungry..February 16, 2011 9:54 pm at 9:54 pm #741240apushatayidParticipant
True. The wife should say, she rather you got up to serve. Very important to always be positive with your spouse.February 16, 2011 9:54 pm at 9:54 pm #741241
PB- If I was ur wife I would rather u went hungry..
Depending on how your cooking is, I might also.February 16, 2011 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm #741242
PB- lol u would def not..February 16, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm #741243ZeesKiteParticipantFebruary 16, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm #741244
My wife once asked me to serve. So I ate out of the pot on the kitchen counter.
Then she served the guests.February 16, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm #741245doodle jumpParticipant
I think that Yekkim don’t sing Ayshes Chayil.February 16, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm #741246aries2756Participant
Although it was not written about women, it is customary to sing it to honor the wife and it is a beautiful thing. It is also customary to sing to the Kallah at a wedding. So because it is customary it should be done with pride and with Kavona which makes a wife feel special and appreciated.
I also feel like I would rather not serve if it is too difficult for the men in the home to praise me. After all, there is a lot of hard work involved in preparing for Shabbos and getting to the point of all of us sitting down to the beautiful Shabbos table. So singing Aishel Chayil is a very simple and beautiful way to start off the Shabbos meal.February 17, 2011 1:44 am at 1:44 am #741247ItcheSrulikMember
Actually, it was written about women. See Rashi.February 17, 2011 2:56 am at 2:56 am #741248zaidy78Participant
Wasn’t Ayshes Chayil the hesped that Avrohom Avinu said on Sara Imeinu??
I always thought that this is basic.
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