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An MK and a Mother

In special Arutz Sheva interview, MK Tzipi Hotovely discusses motherhood, public service, and finding a balance.
By Hagit Rozenbaum, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 3/28/2014, 1:29 PM

Tzipi Hotovely with husband and newborn daughter
Tzipi Hotovely with husband and newborn daughter
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In a special interview with Arutz Sheva, Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) recounted the most exciting moments in the hours before and after the birth of her new daughter Ma'ayan. 

"I gave birth at Hadassah Mount Scopus, opposite the Old City and the Temple Mount," Hotovely reflected. "This was a special experience, both for me personally and in connecting a chain of generations of Israel in this particular place. I devoted the hours I was in hospital during labor - during which [traditionally] many prayers are said - to say a prayer for our country." 

Hotovely's wedding to lawyer Or Alon last May was a highly publicized event, but the process of birth is different, according to the MK. Hotovely stated that she preferred to hide details of the birth from the media. According to her, the process of building the home is a private endeavor.

"There is no joy in the world like building a home and bringing a child into this world," she stated. 

"Though it sounds cliche, really this whole process is amazing," she said in an excited voice. "When you get married at a later age - nothing is obvious. We treat everything as one big miracle. This is a truly wonderful thing, and we feel that we can give now to the people of Israel from a complete place."

Balance of home and politics

Hotovely discovered that giving birth changed her perspective, surprisingly.  

"I was chairman of the Committee on the Status of Women, in the most feminist place possible," she noted. "Giving birth did something important for how I view the conflict all women have between our roles inside and outside the home."

"Politics is a very external world," she continued. "But now I'm in the place of setting up a home after giving birth. I'm going to take a serious maternity leave and invest all of myself into caring for my child. I want to be home, to honor mothers. It gives a new perspective on reality."

Hotovely indicated during the interview that the Knesset does not have a formal maternity leave, but she is making her own plans. She plans to take a vacation of three months, as well as take advantage of the Knesset's upcoming off-season. However, she is not going to retire from public life.

Society is built on families

The MK emphasized that, in her view, being a role model for women to raise their children and be a part of their home lives also does something for the public good.

"We must not lose the home: this is the most important," she stated. "We, as a society, are missing the place of the home in public life. We want a healthy society that is built on families." 

Hotovely, quoting her husband Or, emphasized that men who are also involved in family life do more for public service. 

But in the end, according to Hotovely, "the biggest thing in all this is to see how G-d directed everything, and how you can be a tool in His hands to complete your mission in this world."