The Kabbala of Marriage

The laws of divorce in the Torah begin with the phrase, “When a man takes a wife and engages in marital relations with her…”. (Deut. 24:1) The laws of betrothal and marriage are derived from this passage. In Jewish law, “betrothal” (kidushin) is not simple engagement, but rather a legally binding relationship that establishes a quasi-marital bond between the betrothed couple. The marital bond is not fully actualized until “marriage” (nesu’in), which occurs when the couple first engages in marital relations:

http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/750316/jewish/Betrothal-Uniting-Two-Souls.htm

From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria; translated and edited by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky

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