On Shalom Bayis
- The Raavad explains
had woman been created
that from the earth as was man, they would have
gone their separate and independent ways. Instead,
Hashem created one from the other to demonstrate the
need for them to live together as a single unit. This concept
is reflected in the commentaries of the Ramban and Rav
Samson Raphael Hirsch on the pasuk, "והיו לבשר אחד - And they
shall become one flesh" (Bereishis 2:24), which explain that "one
flesh" constitutes one mind, one heart, and one soul. Indeed, the
Zohar teaches that before uniting in marriage, man and woman are
each only a plag gufa, half of a person.
- Standing under the chuppah transforms two separate
individuals into that single cohesive unit that
Hashem intended. Maintaining that indivisibility,
central to achieving a successful marriage,
requires vigilant focus on
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