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She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. While the TV housewives fill their days with shopping, manicures, plastic surgery consultations and lunching with girlfriends, traditional Jewish housewives are masters at multitasking. When they have rare spare time, they find a way to fill it with acts of chesed.

Charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears God shall be praised. The “Real Housewives” can celebrate their glamorous existence, but Orthodox Jewish housewives are the really lucky ones. Botox fillers will fade and diamonds can only sparkle so much, but a Godly woman who has the backing of a devoted husband and adoring children – she’s the real deal.

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Ita Yankovich is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in various Jewish and secular publications. She also teaches English and Literature at Kingsborough College and Touro College. She can be reached at itayankovich@yahoo.com.

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