|Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…|
|Love…means giving unreservedly of oneself to others. This defines the goal of marriage: Each partner must be committed to giving fully and unconditionally of him or herself to the other. The marriage bond is essentially a spiritual one, a bond that transcends the physical desires and material needs of either partner. One who focuses on the spiritual bond that exists between male and female realizes that there is a spirit which surrounds their love, one which far surpasses their physical bond. Couples who approach marriage with this attitude can weather the trying times that they inevitably encounter, for their covenant centers around the greater needs of their partners—their spiritual needs.
(Anatomy of the Soul, p. 407-408)
|What does this mean to me?|
|When there is true marital harmony-shalom bayit-the home is such a different place. When you meet a couple who are spiritually attuned to one another, whose love is so much more than skin deep, it’s a pleasure to be in their presence. We can work all our lives on building a better and deeper marriage, because the capacity for a true spiritual bond is ever-expanding.
After my husband’s grandmother passed away, his grandfather (may he live for many more good years) said, “You know that, at the end, your grandma needed so much care; she could hardly do anything for herself. All of our years together, I loved her so much. But, at the end, I have to tell you, I loved her so much more!” Even writing this now brings tears to my eyes, because I know how much he meant those words. May all of us be given the gift of happy and long-lived marriages, of true harmony and love, so that we can bring G-d’s presence into our homes.
|O loving G-d,
so many in Your world
live without true love,
so many cannot find
their soul mate.
Have mercy on them,
O Source of all love,
let every lonely and incomplete soul
know the wholeness of being
that comes when one finds
one’s true love.
(The Gentle Weapon, p. 48*)
*“The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments – Timeless Wisdom from the Teachings of the Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff and The Breslov Research Institute, 1994. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.
I love the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev…they are always wise, inspiring and kind.
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