While no parasha carries the name of a patriarch, this week’s parasha – Hayyei Sarah – is named for our matriarch Sarah. Eishet Hayyel is a poem from the Book of Proverbs that is sung on Friday nights and extolls “womanhood.” A rabbinic interpretation claims it was Abraham’s eulogy for Sarah. A competing rabbinic tradition understands it as a metaphor for our true partner – the Torah. These interpretations are complementary – for the continuation of the Torah rests with our mothers. Friday nights the children are blessed and Eishet Hayyel is sung, for blessed are the children who grow in Torah under a mother’s instruction.