Wedding and Sheva Brachos

a three way thing

Chazal tell us that words and letters in the torah and hebrew words are never wasted and are never there for no reason. The word ISH - איש - MAN is spelt aleph, yud, shin. The word ISHA - אשה - WOMAN is spelt aleph, shin, hey. Now based on…

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the finger of heaven

On the Idea of Specifically Using a Ring for Weddings What is the source of the ancient Jewish custom of specifically using a ring (taba'as) for a wedding? What does it symbolize? Interestingly, there is no mention of this anywhere in all of Shas. The Imrei Aish offers the following…

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Just the three of us

Chazal tell us that words and letters in the torah and hebrew words are never wasted and are never there for no reason. The word ISH - איש - MAN is spelt aleph, yud, shin. The word ISHA - אשה - WOMAN is spelt aleph, shin, hey. Now based on…

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Be HAPPY!

The best advice I heard before my wedding was that the main Mitzva for a choson and kalloh (groom and bride) on their wedding day is to be HAPPY :-) And it is everyone else's obligation to increase that happiness: "me'sameach choson ve'kalloh" Consequently, it's the yetzer horoh's main purpose…

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The sacrifice of Marriage

Marriage is compromise. When two neshamas join to form one, both need to give up some of themselves to create a new, peaceful unity. This is the message we see from very early on. During the Bris Milah ceremony, the following is declared "כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה…

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Peaceful godly abode

The gemarra gives us a vital insight into the heights of spirituality that can be attained via a successful marriage. The gemarra (Sotah 17a) comments that ‘if a man and wife have peace between them, the Shechinah (HaShem’s Presence) resides within them. Whilst if they do not have peace between…

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