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The Torah Inspired Marriage

Thursday, 28 May, 2015 - 10:02 am

In this week’s Torah portion, Naso, we read about a few concepts.

The Torah first teaches about the Sotah (an unfaithful wife), then the Torah tells us about sacrificial atonement offerings of the Nazir (someone who vows to restrain from certain physical pleasures). Following that, the Torah records the prominent priestly blessings that the Kohanim were entrusted with blessing the Jewish people. Lastly, the Mishkan is mentioned “And it was that on the day that Moses finished erecting the Tabernacle, he anointed it, sanctified it, and all its vessels, and the altar and all its vessels”. 

A Torah inspired marriage begins by remembering that if we don’t invest in our marriage, we can end up as a wayward wife. Investing means encouraging a connected relationship. Judaism that permeates the mundane with G-dliness is the ultimate, not separating ourselves from it. The Nazir is generally frowned upon and is required to bring a sacrifice of atonement for his sin of not sublimating the world. Enjoying the physical and material properly is the holiest of holy.

When dedication and using the physical properly exists in a marriage, G-d blesses the holy union, as it is symbolized and expressed in the priestly blessings of G-d.

Lastly, we are conscious that building a Jewish home is the equivalent of building a holy Tabernacle. A Jewish home/marriage is a sacred place for G-d, husband and wife to thrive and grow. This wholesomeness infuses the entire home with G-d’s revealed presence, to the extent that G-d can communicate with the couple, as the Torah portion concludes; “he (Moses) would hear the Voice speaking to him from the two cherubim above the covering which was over the Ark of Testimony, and He (G-d) spoke to him.

Have a wonderful shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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