True love comes after marriage
צילום: פלאש90

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Tamar Weizer writes as follows:

“Those who know me know that more important than remembering my birthday is remembering my wedding anniversary. The first date I did not choose and the second date represents the best choice I ever made in my life. In the holy Zohar it is written: ‘The world exists only because of a secret.’ That secret, ladies and gentlemen, is love. Love is the wheel that silently moves the world. Every instance of love.

If you read the Toldot Torah portion from beginning to end without pause, it’s not certain that you will say that the main idea is the relationship between Yitzchak and Rivkah. But if you will read between the lines – whether it’s the birth of the twins, the conflict over the birthright, or the flight of Yaakov to Charan – you will find in each episode that it is relationships which form the backbone of the Jewish home and the Jewish nation.

The first time the word ‘love’ is mentioned in the Torah, it describes the relationship between Yitzchak and Rivkah. ‘And Yitzchak brought her to the tent of Sarah his mother, and he took Rivkah, and she became his wife, and he loved her’. (Genesis 24:67) First you build a home together, then you fall in love. True and eternal love, strong friendship, and communication that is beyond words only come after marriage.

May we all merit such long-lasting love. May whoever is searching for love find it calmly and with joy. And may all those who are in love honor their partner as a great miracle that does not happen to everyone – and, primarily, may they understand that in this partnership, there are not two but three, since God is also there.”

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סיון רהב-מאיר

Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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