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Love & Judaism

We are who we love: self, fellow, and what connects us

Love: an Anthology
Thirty two articles and stories on love: filial love, romantic love, friendship, love of self, love of G-d -- so different from each other, yet somehow all the same
What Is Love?
When we are truly engaged in giving and receiving love, we don’t ponder such philosophical questions. It’s only when something is lacking that we begin to analyze and contemplate what that thing actually is . . .
An Intimate View on Intimacy
To be intimate means to go into a place that is private, that is sacred, that is set aside. It means one person entering into the private, sacred part of another human being's existence...
The Merging of Two Souls
A Bride Describes the Experience of an Orthodox Jewish Wedding
I am having my hair done, my nails, my makeup. But within, I am in a completely different world. My focus is on the new life I am about to embark upon. I keep his picture in my mind, his words in my heart, and his being engraved in my soul. It is my wedding day.
A Wild Idea: The Kabbalah of Marriage
Marriage is a pretty bizarre concept. It must have been G-d's idea. Who else could think of such a whacky plan like bringing together two opposites and putting them under one roof to share a life?
Why Do We Fall in Love?
Is the mystique and the romance, the music and the moonlight, just nature's way of hoodwinking men and women to reproduce?
Split Your Sea
If you were given a glimpse of your subconscious personality, what would you find?
Uneven Love
We must focus on appreciating ourselves as we are. If we see ourselves through the eyes of a person who does not like us, we will be devastated. Maturity means that we do not allow others to determine our sense of self-worth...
My Wife's 78 Outfits
“But I have nothing to wear,” she says . . . and she has 78 outfits hanging in the wardrobe right in front of her!
Could others see the countless tiny strands of their separate anxieties silently knitting them together? Did anyone notice how, though they sat on separate chairs not touching, they sat as close as two people could without touching?
She walked out of the room. Halfway down the hallway she stopped and stood motionless as if confronting an invisible wall
All You Need is Love and a Model Airplane
My friends say the main thing is that you are in love, and everything else will fall into place. Should I believe them?
There's More to Love than Giving
As long as you are always giving without asking for anything in return, you have not allowed any space for her in your life
What's Wrong With Pre-Marital Intimacy?
I feel that intimacy is an important part of a relationship, and would create a very strong bond between us. So what's wrong with pre-marital intimacy?
Are You Lovable?
What makes a person loveable? Being "loveable" is relatively easy to achieve during the dating process but becomes much more difficult a few weeks after the marriage...
The Communication Trap
Use caution when sharing your feelings
Many psychologists are prone to overly optimistic promises about the power of communication to solve all problems. They urge people to, "Share your feelings," and "Talk it out until the problem is resolved." However, this advice can be disastrous! Not everyone values emotional honesty...
Adam and Eve
"My husband is always taking me for granted" ""My wife is always criticizing me" Isn't it amazing how the very things we most need from each other are also the most difficult for us to give?
A Bouquet of Roses
My favorite is a dozen or more long-stemmed, freshly cut red roses. But a bouquet of any assortment will bring a smile to my face. My husband knows of this weakness of mine, and uses it to his advantage.
Why Are All the Good Husbands Already Taken?
My friends' spouses are all such wonderful people, but the guys I meet all seem to be missing something. What am I doing wrong?
Where Is the Woman of My Dreams?
I know what you are going to say: I am too fussy. But I can’t just settle on something half good. Where is the woman of my dreams?