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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.
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