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February 23, 2018  RSS feed
Rabbinically Speaking

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Why today is the happiest day of our lives ... as of today

By Rabi Pinchas Adler Chabad of Pinellas County

What was the happiest day of your life? A married individual will almost always answer their wedding day.

Chassidic thought teaches that marriage is the greatest joy that human beings can find. On the surface, it is a day rich with joy, memories and love. On a deeper level, the Zohar states that on this day, the souls of the bride and groom unite as one soul, which makes the day a truly happy day.

It is therefore most puzzling to read the words of King Solomon: “Go out daughters of Zion and gaze upon King Solomon, upon the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding and on the day of his hearts rejoicing” (Shir Hashirim 3:11).

In probing deeper into this verse, a question arises. Why does King Solomon state: “on the day of his wedding and on the day of his hearts rejoicing?” The word “and” implies, King Solomon is speaking about two separate days. One day is the wedding and another day is “the day of his hearts rejoicing.”

Says the Mishnah: “on the day of his wedding” refers to the day of the giving of the Torah. “And on the day of his hearts rejoicing” refers to the building of the Holy Temple.

Connecting marriage and Torah, the Midrash states that the day the Torah was given was G-d’s wedding with the Jewish people. But yet the “day of rejoicing” is at a later date?

This brings us back to our original question; what was the happiest day of your life? While most married couples will answer their wedding today, the correct answer is actually today.

Have you ever heard someone say something like: “I love you as much as the day I married you?” While the person saying this no doubt has the best of intentions, this is actually a flawed statement. Love is an emotion that increases throughout one’s life. In a private audience with a young married couple, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, posed that the love a newly married couple feels is only the beginning of real love. Through the small, seemingly insignificant everyday acts of living and being together, love flourishes and grows.

So, the love one has for their spouse on an average run of the mill day is actually the greatest love, and by extension, the greatest joy they’ve ever had.

As we are in the Hebrew month of Adar, I am reminded of the Talmud’s statement: “from when the Hebrew month of Adar begins, add in joy.” This Adar marks my 5th wedding anniversary with my wife Mushky. We must always strive to grow. To grow in our love of our spouse, our relationship with G-d and in our joy. May we all be blessed to do as such.

The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. The views expressed in this guest column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.

WOW,as I too celebrate my

WOW,as I too celebrate my 10th year anniversary, my love for my husband then was knee deep, as we spend more years together, it truly deepens to something that challenges me to be a better me. I always love reading your articles. Very profound and inspiring. Congratulations

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