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Highlights Love, Sex & Marriage

We were very fortunate to have aguest speaker, Rabbi Abner Weiss, who is the Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation spoke about Love, Sex and Marriage within the Jewish Family at the JDCC get-together on February 23, 1994 at the home of Sharon & David Soudakoff. There was a great turn-out of 22 people.
The first important point that Rabbi Weiss made was that there are different levels of friendship and "knowing someone." Loving someone is being able to accept them as "who they are," not wanting them to change to suit your "needs." Before one establishes a friendship with another person, they are acquaintances. As they get to know each other better, they become friends, and as stronger friends, they share feelings and secrets with one another. This is the foundation of trusting another person. We all share different things with different people in different ways. This is at the final and longest stage of a deep and strong friendship and comes after years of living and being married to someone.

The second point that he made is that within Judaism, marriage is a commitment that two people have made to each other, to accept things for better or worse, not to be thrown away on a whim. This is why Judaism does not accept the concept of living together so we will know if we are compatible or not. However, Judaism does recognize divorce if and when it is absolutely necessary because we are human and do make mistakes.

The third point that he made was that having sexual relationships within the framework of Judaism is a "holy act" when it is done with the right intentions, otherwise, it is a purely physical act. Judaism does not look upon sex as being a dirty thing, but quite the opposite.


Passover Vocabulary


This holiday is traditionally observed eight days beginning with the fifteenth day of Nisan. It marks Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage. The name is derived from the tradition of the angel of death "passing over" (that is, sparing) the Jewish homes when every Egyptian first-born was smitten. The struggle for religious and political freedom is the central theme of the story of the Exodus. Seventy Jewish souls entered Egypt, an insignificant minority in the vast population of the land. Yet this small group, as it multiplied, remained loyal to all the basic principles of its Hebraic character in spite of all pressure, or perhaps because of it. Under the remarkable leadership of Moses, a new nation was born, destined to advance the cause of human freedom and dignity.

Passover is also known as Chag ha-Matzos - Festival of unleavened bread because Matzah is the major symbol in the freedom Festival.

The unleavened bread.

The required food at the Passover table is the Matzoh as a reminder of the unleavened bread Israel's ancestors prepared and ate in haste after they set out on their historic march to freedom from their bondage in Egypt.

Unleavened bread, meticulously prepared.

This special type of Matzah is used at the Seder table, and by some exceptionally observant Jews throughout the eight days of Passover. Its preparation involves minute care and scrupulous precaution against any possible violation of the law, from the cutting of the wheat to the baking in the oven.



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