Saturday, July 11, 2009

Marrying Shabbat


"Just as a man and woman become married when the Kallah (bride) enters the Chuppah, so Shabbat becomes married to the Jews at its entrance, with Kiddush."

(Maharsha's comment to Bava Kama 32b)

Have a great day,


  1. In the summer of 1963, while there was still a Camp Ramah in Middlebury, CT, I was a junior counselor and also instructor in canoeing. Around 1:30 P.M. on Fridays, I would take one of the rabbis and his wife on a canoe ride on the Connecticut River (I think that was the river) and he would take her wedding band off her finger. After doing this for several weeks, I asked about his action. "On Shabbat, I am married to Shabbat."

    After Havdalah, he would place the wedding band back on her finger.

  2. Leon-
    Fascinating; I had never heard of doing that.