A Your Mother’s Guidance post by Rebecca Masinter
Exodus 28 details the clothing that the Priests and High Priest wore while doing the service in the Tabernacle and Temple. The Torah describes them as “Bigdei Kodesh” “holy clothing” because of their function of being worn in holy service. I’d like to share with you another instance in Scripture of holy clothing and this one came about through a mother’s love!
I learned this many years ago from Rabbi Meir Prengler, currently of Los Angeles, and it was so powerful and beautiful that it stuck with me.
When Hannah brought Samuel to serve in the Tabernacle under the priest, Eli, she was giving up her beloved son obtained miraculously after years of childlessness. Out of her great love for her son, Samuel, she made him a special coat – a meil, so he would have something of hers with him even when they were apart (I Samuel 2:19).
With each stitch she sewed, she imbued the coat with her love, and a mother’s love is eternal. This explains why the coat grew with Samuel as he grew, and even remained his after his death. Later, after Samuel died, King Saul needed to talk to him from beyond the grave and how did Saul identify Samuel? The man with the coat (I Samuel 28:14).
Rabbi Prengler told us that the great love that Chana instilled in this coat made it an item of holiness, so spiritual that it even surpassed death. We can’t begin to comprehend the power of our actions or the effect that our love has and will continue to have on our children. The truth is that a mother’s love is powerful beyond belief.