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The Royal Marriage

The Royal Marriage

A Kabbala Perspective

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April 29, 2011: Two billion sat glued to their television sets this morning, to watch the marriage of Prince William and Princess Catherine.

There is something of the human being that will never be satisfied by being human; a part of us—an integral core—that demands the unattainable reside somewhere within our world. A prince by virtue of royal lineage, a princess lifted to a place where I could never be, a marriage from a fantasy world beyond my own, yet here on planet earth. No matter how powerful I could imagine myself, how wise and how masterful, how esteemed and respected, their world will remain transcendent of my own.

Yet, the British loyalist says, this is my prince, this is my princess.

The cynics are right—this marriage is nothing but symbolic. Royalty has been lost to the world. And so we crave it even more.

From the moment that they were sundered apart, the mystics tell us, the earth craved to reunite with heaven; physical with spiritual, body with soul, the life that breathes within us with the transcendental that lies beyond life, beyond being.

And as much as the pulse of life yearns to return above, yet more so does the Infinite Light yearn to find itself within our world, within that pulse, within finite, earthly existence.

Towards this ultimate union, all of history flows, all living things crave, all of human activities are subliminally directed. When it will finally occur, it will be the quintessential of all royal weddings. You won’t need to find a hut on your island with a television. You won’t need to google “royal marriage.” The wedding will be before your eyes. You shall be lifted to that place.

May it be soon in our times, sooner than we can imagine.


Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, a senior editor at Chabad.org, also heads our Ask The Rabbi team. He is the author of Bringing Heaven Down to Earth. To subscribe to regular updates of Rabbi Freeman's writing, visit Freeman Files subscription.
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May 1, 2011
Royal Wedding
No one needs a Royal wedding showing us all what love is...Basing on all scandals within the royal family, divorces etc. i do not consider them a role model of love and good values for my children. Wish them the best and hopefully they will be the exception. But they are very privileged people who not always use their position to set an example. And as a Jewish person living in Eretz Israel find it very offensive that they have never visited. I can understand people's fascination at the Royal lifestyle and that in crazy times like this it provides with light entertainment but I personally think this type of thing should get less media coverage as there are more relevant issues in this world, and other true life role models.
Viv
YB, Israel
May 1, 2011
I'm with you too, Sondra. The media frenzy may have been excessive, but what a wonderful day it was to celebrate love and marriage, no matter what the couple's faith. Here are a young man and woman who seem to have taken steps to insure that their union will be a long, happy one. No doubt they want to avoid the very public problems that tore the groom's parents' marriage apart. So, a long courtship it was, and that allowed them to truly know they were meant for each other. A good example for all and a reason to rejoice.
Anonymous
Madison, WI
April 30, 2011
To Sondra
Youre right on the button. I think Rabbi freeman bombed on this one.
Richard
London, UK
April 30, 2011
Royal Wedding
Interesting comment, although we do not need to find a "hut" most of us in the UK have quite comfortable homes thank you. However the Royal Wedding is a chance for us to come together and show support for what is a very earthly system, but a benevolent one. This is a positive thing and that is a good thing
Anonymous
Dover , England
April 30, 2011
I must say this really put me down to Earth. I can only say that I envy you very much for your knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the spiritual and physical world. But many people, including myself are still far away from where you are now, and yes you are right marriage is nothing but symbolic. Hence, like the previous comment is written: "There is too much hate and fear in this world - let us strive to shower love on all people - royal or not - until we are lifted to that place of boundless love and joy "
Katarina
Oxford, UK
April 30, 2011
Hurrah for our Royal family!
As a proud British man, I would like to say let G-d bless our Prince and his wife, and may He bless our monarchy, and keep it alive. They may seem outdated, but in the messianic era, Mashiach ben David will rule, (G-d being King overall, of course), so why not support one of the few bastions of royalty left? G-d save the Queen!
Conor
Chesterfield, England
April 30, 2011
Royal Wedding
I agree, Sondra. And I really liked the prayer the couple wrote too. Asking G-d to help them remember what is important in life. I hope they will do much good in the world. :-)
L
West Chester, OH
April 29, 2011
The Royal Wedding
Amen, may it come soon. Please, however, do be cautious in your words of royalty, as the history of the Greatest Nation on this Earth split from royalty on purpose. We were given a republic, "so long as we can keep it." Let us work hard every day to defend the freedoms we have here in America, precisely because we are *not* ruled by an upper royal class monarchy.
Michael Yaeger
Tucson, Az
April 29, 2011
Royal Wedding
As usual your message has merit and knowledge; however, I am one of the millions of Americans who watched the wedding today. I, my cat and a cup of coffee, sat on my couch and enjoyed watching London full of love today rather than bombs and angry people marching against what England represents. Let us take any moment of happiness and love and enjoy it rather than doubt it. There is too much hate and fear in this world - let us strive to shower love on all people - royal or not - until we are lifted to that place of boundless love and joy.
sondra
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