|Then Yael wife of Chever took a tent pin and grasped the mallet. When he was fast asleep from exhaustion, she approached himstealthily and drove the pin through his temple till it went down to the ground. Thus he died.Psalms 30:1 (The Israel Bible™)
וַתִּקַּח יָעֵל אֵשֶׁת־חֶבֶר אֶת־יְתַד הָאֹהֶל וַתָּשֶׂם אֶת־הַמַּקֶּבֶת בְּיָדָהּ וַתָּבוֹא אֵלָיובַּלָּאט וַתִּתְקַע אֶת־הַיָּתֵד בְּרַקָּתוֹ וַתִּצְנַח בָּאָרֶץ וְהוּא־נִרְדָּם וַיָּעַף וַיָּמֹת
Hear the verse in Hebrew
va-ti-KAKH ya-AYL AY-shet KHE-ver et y’-TAD ha-O-hel va-TA-sem et ha-ma-KE-vet
b’-ya-DAH va-ta-VO ay-LAV ba-LAT va-tit-KA et ha-ya-TAYD b’-ra-ka-TO va-titz-NAKH
ba-A-retz v’-HU nir-DAM va-YA-af va-ya-MOT
A Female Warrior Acting on Behalf of the Nation of Israel
Yael is not the only great woman to act as a warrior on behalf of the Nation of Israel. Today, women form an important part of the Israel Defense Forces, serving at its highest levels. In 2011, Orna Barbavai made history, overcoming her underprivileged upbringing to become the first woman in IDF history to reach the rank of Aluf (אלוף), ‘Major General’. “I am proud to be the first woman to become a major general, and to be part of an organization in which equality is a central principle,” Barbivai said. The mother of three retired from the IDF in 2014, but serves as an inspiration to countless Israeli young women who enlist in the IDF each year and who know they can reach the highest levels not only in the IDF but throughout Israeli society.