Old/New World Discourse: Gratitude continued, Part I: On appreciating husbands

True appreciation of our help opposites is demonstrated as much in what we refrain from thinking, saying and doing as it is in the ways we manifest, both publically and privately, our affections.

September 25, 2007 17:00
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Old/New World Discourse: Gratitude continued, Part I: On appreciating husbands

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Gratitude continued, Part I: On appreciating husbands This Blog's next three entries are about gratitudes that come naturally, especially in Jerusalem. I will celebrate: marriage, parenting, and aliyah. In the circles in which I am Blessed to travel, I have heard many versions of a joke, which, though superficially, sounds funny, is an example of the path to the destruction of Shalom Bayit. The "amusing" bit, when spoken by a woman, goes as follows;"My husband is the head of my house, certainly and unequivocally. However, I am the neck." Stalwarts of koshrut, valiants of tzniut [modesty] and individuals who otherwise act as pillars of the community laugh at this remark, choosing to retell it again and again. Whereas I am not sure that I am among the vanguard of those believers, I am grateful that I no longer number among the perpetuators of that "joke." A wise rav set me right; with simple, kind words he instructed me to laugh with at such portrayals and not to further them, either since innocent husbands were being hurt. Read the rest of this blog »

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