Mah tovu, which means “how good!”, is a phrase that originates in the Torah, in Numbers 24:5. Quoted in our prayer book, it forms the basis of the opening prayer that is sung when we enter the synagogue.
The full phrase is Mah tovu ohalecha Yaakov, mishk’notecha Yisrael, “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!” It is a spontaneous exclamation of joy and appreciation, said when gazing at the nation of Israel, dwelling in peace and mutual respect. As we celebrate the 100th year of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, we count our many blessings as individuals within the community of Israel. We are blessed in our synagogues with depth of learning, prayer, and acts of kindness that bind us together; with communal leaders who are thoughtful and learned; with children and grandchildren who make us smile; and with the love of family and friends — especially our Women’s League sisters — who are such a strong support to us.
How good are all these blessings in our lives!
Throughout the year we will provide a variety of programs, so return to this page often for the latest material. While these materials focus on this year’s theme, they are usable any time, by individual members or in sisterhoods and regions, now or in the future, because the values they represent are timeless and boundless.