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Don’t Be Kissed by a Fool or Fooled by a Kiss

Thursday, 10 October, 2013 - 7:41 am

Large numbers of Jews read King Solomon’s poem Aishes Chayil every Friday night while remaining clueless as to its underlying powerful mystical meanings.  These meanings have profound messages for our relationships with our spouses.

The poem is purposely esoteric.  One has to dig to find its instructions, many of which are the exact opposite of its surface, literal  words.

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The very reciting of the poem is a Jewish paradox.  There is a well-known expression, “ two Jews, three opinions”.  It is rare in the Jewish liturgy that we find a custom that all segments of Orthodox Jewry do the same way, chanting the same set of words at the same moment in time.  Even with as powerful a prayer as Kaddish, we don’t all use the same “script” or timing.

Yet, Aishes Chayil is said using the identical verses, at the identical time, by all Orthodox Jews, be they Litvak or Lubavitch,  Yekkeh or Yemenite. And most people, including Rabbis, don’t even know where and how this custom began.

Ok, perhaps that question is a puzzle of interest primarily to scholars. But in the same way, people are unaware of the magic in the verses, and their practical meanings for guided our marriages, as well as our understanding of the spiritual forces controlling the world.  

Aishes Chayil  is a potent 8-level metaphor about  the interplay of Female and Male universal currents.  Come join us for a swim.

 Enjoy Rabbi Susskind's lecture "The Mystical Metaphors in King Solomon's Eishet Chayil: Guidelines for Marriage from Psychology and Kabbalah" on Saturday Night, October 19, at 8:30 pm at Chabad. Call 718-549-1100 Ext. 10 to register.

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