By Rabbi Co
The story of Khana (Hanna) is a beautiful one displaying obedience, faithfulness and love towards the Creator by Khana. Later on fher story shows praises to the Creator of the Heavens and earth.
The story starts out with a woman embittered due to the mean attacks of some of the people around her. She is attacked for no reason of her own and treated without compassion. She was being teased and called names and felt bad because of what she and the community saw as rejection from H’Shem.
Her response however was obedience to the Abbah. She did not return their attacks, though I am sure she may have wanted to. She did not answer them in slanderous words, though that may have given her immediate satisfaction, playing off of her emotions. Instead she was faithful. Instead she followed Torah. Instead she allowed the Abbah's Ways to rule her life. She did her petitions before the Almighty Creator of the Heavens and earth.
Who knows why initially she was not granted children? It could have been due to past sins, or because the Creator was preparing a very special lesson for her. Maybe it was for a test of her obedience and faithfulness to Y__H. Maybe it was in part for a test for her husband to see how he would treat her and for him to be an example on Torah obedience. Maybe it was a test for the other wife, on her behavior towards the members of her family and community. Maybe it was a test for the community to see how they would treat a faithful daughter of Y__H.
Well, if this was indeed a test, we can see that her husband passed and Khana passed the test with flying colors. They demonstrated love towards one another. They were not divided by the thoughts of the people around, but were unified in their love for the Creator, for each other and for their family. Her husband did not badger Khana about not making him more children following possibly community approval, but instead he loved and encouraged his wife through this difficult time while keeping his focus on Y__H.
Khana also maintained her focus on H’Shem and did not forget Him, once she received what she was petitioning for. In addition to that, she was open with her husband and allowed him to share in her hurt, pain and deep frustration with not having a child then later on in her joy.
Her rival, the first wife meanwhile failed the test. She badgered Khana and made her weep. She did not display the attributes of the Creator, but went against His Word. She was not helpful or loving it seems like, but constantly looked to damage her sister wife. The community likewise looked down on Khana. It is evident that the view the majority had of Khana was not the same view that the Creator had towards Khana.
It is incredibly important for us to desire and to be determined to have the view that the Creator has for His people and for mankind. For us to try to emulate His views, His ways and to walk in His Torah, that He has given us. How do our views line up with the Creator’s views? Are we mean to others, playing off of our emotions and being fed by the ways of the people around?
In the end, Khana and her husband are increased because of their obedience to the Creator. Because of their walk in His Torah and because of their steadfast faith that He will do as He promised.
Khana does not forget the love that the Abbah has shown her. She is thankful and elated and does not take His greatness, His grace, His mercy, His loving-kindness, His presence, His wisdom, His understanding and other of His attributes for granted. She shows that the G-d of Abraham, Ytsaak and Yaqub…..her G-d is her foundation. She delights in the strength, power and wisdom of the Creator and rebukes those speaking proudly and arrogantly. She not only speaks of her belief, faith, devotion and dependence upon H’Shem, she also demonstrates Torah obedience by giving up her son to the service of Y__H after she weaned him.
This story is so encouraging because we can see once again in yet another example of the loving and compassionate arm of Y__H. We can see how He cares for those that have been ridiculed and cast down wrongly. We can see that He is the true and right ruling judge and that in the end, He will decide ultimately where we will end up…..with increases or in curses depending on our choices.
Shema’el Alef 1: 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in shalom: and the Elohim of Y’sra’el grant you your petition that you have asked of him.
23 And Elkanah her husband said to her, Do what seems you good; stay until you have weaned him; only Y__H establish his word. So the woman remained, and nursed her son until she weaned him.
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him to the house of Y__H in Shiloh: and the child was young.
26 And she said, Oh my master, as your soul lives, my master, I am the woman that stood by you here, petitioning to Y__H.
27 For this child I petitioned; and Y__H has given me my petition which I asked of him:
2: 1 And Khana petitioned, and said, My heart rejoices in Y__H, my horn is exalted in YHWH: my mouth is enlarged over my enemies; because I rejoice in your rescue.
2 There is none Set-Apart as Y__H: for there is none beside you: neither is there any rock like our POWER.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of your mouth: for Y__H is the El of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for Lakhem (bread); and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren has born seven; and she that has many children is waxed feeble.
6 Y__H kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up.
7 Y__H makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up.
8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of esteem: for the pillars of the earth are Y__H, and he has set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of his Y’sraeli kedoshim (saints), and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of Y__H shall be broken to pieces; out of shamayim shall he thunder upon them: YHWH shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength to his Sovereign, and exalt the horn of his Messiah.