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Aleph Beta on Parshas Bereishis: Does Man 'Acquire' Woman?

Aleph Beta on Parshas Bereishis: Does Man ‘Acquire’ Woman?


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It seems troubling that in a Jewish marriage, a man ‘acquires’ a woman – is Judaism really so archaic? In this lecture, Rabbi David Fohrman explores this question in the context of God’s creation of Eve, the first woman, and shows that true acquisition is not about control, it’s about completeness of the self.

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  1. This is the exact theology of Catholic marriage. Jesus quotes Genesis and says that as the two have become one flesh, nothing can then separate them again. The disciples then ask why Mosaic law permits divorce and Jesus replies that Moses permitted divorce to accommodate human weakness, but that Genesis shows us that this is not God’s will for us, but the result of human sinfulness. Genesis is why Catholicism regards marriage as a sacrament — a unique miracle by which God creates one heart out of two. I always assumed that Judaism took a sentimental but nonetheless entirely contractual view of the matter. Interesting that Rabbi Forman takes such a mystical approach. 🙂

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