Eishet Chayil – Tasting Greatness
“She perceives that her merchandise is good; her lamp goes not out by night.”
The Midrash Mishlei applies this verse to Chana. She tasted the power of her prayer. She knew that it was successful and would be granted. It was her taste of her prayer’s power that gave her the merit to have Samuel as her son, who is considered the equal of Moshe and Aaron in prayer. Samuel’s accomplishments, especially his anointment of David as the king, continues to shine until the coming of the Messiah, the son of David. Chana’s ability to taste her prayer, “Ta’ama [tasted] ki Tov sachrah,” empowered Samuel’s ability to shine through all the ages, even when dark and seemingly night.
We often have difficulty savoring our gifts and accomplishments. The Eishet Chayil does not hesitate. She appreciates and honors all she does, and by so doing, brings great strength to all she touches.