Rabbi Zwickler's Weekly Dvar Torah

Bereishit 5777: 
שמח תשמח רעים האהובים …....  The second to last of the Sheva Brachot beseech Hashem to bestow joy upon the Chatan and Kallah as the joy shared by Adam and Chava in Gan Eden. Rav Aryeh Levine zt"l explains the connection as follows.  He suggests that when a couple gets married, they have a tremendous amount of hope for the future of their relationship.  They are enamored and dedicated to making each other happy and growing together.  Rav Levine explains that in some cases as the years go by, and the challenges of life bring stress and fatigue to the relationship, individuals may question their decision to marry their spouse and reconsider if someone else may have been a better fit.  Rav Levine zt"l explains that during the sheva brachot we daven that the couple will forever have the joy of Adam and Chava in Gan Eden.  When Adam and Chava lived in Gan Eden, no other humans existed to whom they could compare themselves or each other. May we keep this message in mind when thinking about our relationship with our spouses as well as our relationship with ourselves. 

Sunday, May 28 2017 3 Sivan 5777