Four are the mothers and three are the fathersgoes a popular Jewish song. Why the disparity? To remind us, says Rav Neria, that Judaism wanted to expand the role of our mothers. Our parasha begins: When a woman gives birth to a male…and when she gives birth to a female…in both these circumstance a series of rituals and commandments were given to the mother and not to the father. To create life, it take a male and a female but the one who sustains life will be the mother – she is the life-force. And so to her were given these additional rituals after birth.