7 Sayings from the Torah That Will Change How You View Your Spouse
This week we mark 15 Av, a day that celebrates Jewish matchmaking and marriage. We combed Jewish sources texts for these 7 inspirational aphorisms from the Torah about Jewish marriage and relationships.
1. Adam and Eve: The Original Power Couple
G‑d said, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
It was after these words that He created Eve, thus completing the world’s first power couple.
2. You win or lose
A good relationship is not only the secret sauce behind a life of peace, tranquility and joy but also the key to drawing down a unique blessing from the Creator. Rabbi Akiva said as much (Sotah 17b), keying off of the Hebrew words for husband (איש) and wife (אשה), which combine to form the words, “fire” (אש) and “G‑d” (י-ה).
“Husband and wife, if they are meritorious, the divine presence (Shechinah) dwells among them. If they are not, a fire consumes them.”
3. What a bargain!
In the Ketubah, the marriage contract between husband and wife, many people have the custom of including the verse (Proverbs 18:22), “He who finds a wife has found good, and earns the favor of G‑d.”
A good marriage is the vessel for bringing G‑d’s blessings into our lives.
4. Meet my better half
5. Increase the peace!
So important is the peace between a husband and wife, that Jewish law states it can even override some other mitzvahs.
For example, the Talmud teaches (Shabbat 23b) that if a person is strapped for cash and must choose between buying “a Chanukah candle or a Shabbat candle [that provides light and tranquility in the house], the Shabbat candle is more important because of the imperative of peace in the home [shalom bayit].”
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