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9/10 Oct: Parsha Bereshit

Shabbat comes in at 6.06 pm; goes out 7.05 pm
This first chapter of Bereshit contains two stories of creation. The first focuses on God creating the world and concludes with the sweeping statement that all of creation was “very good”. The primary focus of the second is human beings, and it concludes with the emphatic, “it is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper (ezer kenegdo) for him”.
The message in this second aliyah is that for man to be complete, he needs a partner. The phrase “ezer kenegdo,” literally translated, means, “a helper opposing him”. Therefore, many commentators have noted that the ideal marriage is not necessarily one of agreement in all matters; a healthy marriage includes acts of questioning, criticising, examining, discussing for a common purpose.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Paul Arberman
October 8, 2015