What We Keep

The man called his wife’s name Eve, because
she was the mother of all living.
It is interesting to note that quite a bit of time
passed before Eve came to be called Eve—a
name that sounds like the Hebrew word for “lifegiver.” Interesting also is the origin of Adam’s
name. In Hebrew, besides meaning ‘man’ or
‘mankind,’ ‘adam’ also means ‘earth’ or ‘ground’
(and some even translate it as ‘mud’). Thus the
first two humans were named—one after the
substance out of which he was made, and the
other after the status she would soon achieve
when she gave birth to Cain and become the
first mother in human history.
With the birth of Cain, the process of
reproduction and multiplication began. Since
that moment, billions of people have come into
the world in the same way. In fact, everyone
who has ever lived—with the exception of Adam
and Eve—has come into the world through the
exact same process. It is an amazing thing. And
it means that every one of us shares something
in common: we all have a father, and we all
have a mother.
Today we honor the women who went
through great pain to bring us into this world.
We celebrate their commitment to us, and we lift
them up for their courage and for their
guidance. Some of us today are fortunate
enough to still be able to share our lives with
our mothers. Others, for a variety of reasons,
are left only with memories. Whatever the
situation may be, let us all join together today to
express our admiration for the very special
women who have played such a significant role
in our lives. Moms, we love you.

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