SOULMATES: Jewish Secrets to Meaningful Relationships
with Rebbetzin Zisi Cunin
Whether you are currently married, considering someday tying the knot, or simply seek to better understand the spiritual root of love & marriage, Soulmates is a seven-session course drawing on timeless Jewish wisdom that will forever change how you think about the important relationship in your life.
Mondays: March 16, April 20, May 18 I 7:45 - 9:15 pm
Romantics of all ages have waxed poetic on the notion of “soulmates,” seeking to grasp what makes love and passion so potent, what drives the inexplicable magnetism between two people, and what makes true love last. Yet millennia of Jewish text and tradition are rich with insights on this very topic, from the mystical and spiritual to the no-nonsense and practical.
Becoming a Better Half
Jewish Insights into Preserving Marital Harmony
Ironically, it is often only once we are married that we come face to face with our real selves, for better or for worse. Yet, the very essence of being human is having the ability to rise above--no matter the situation. When negative emotions escalate in the heat of the moment, how can we control our reaction? Jewish text and tradition is rich with effective tools, tips, and meditations to let our “humanness” shine and turn the rough patches of our marriage into catalysts for becoming a better half.
Reservations for Two
Defining Marriage’s Boundaries
We are naturally loath to take any chances when it comes to our health or our business, but are we nearly as protective of our marriage? We may all agree that marriage requires boundaries to protect its exclusivity, but the question of where those lines should be drawn can spark heated debate. Judaism shows us not only how to thwart temptations that threaten our marriage from the outside, but how to enhance it from within by expanding the exclusivity of our relationship.
Happily Ever After?
The Challenge of Divorce, and What it Teaches About Marriage
Sadly, “happily ever after” is not the case for many marriages today. Yet, while Jewish law allows room for divorce, it also likens it to the tragedy of an amputation. What constitutes grounds for divorce according to Jewish law? How far must one go, and how much must one tolerate, to make a marriage work? When and how is it appropriate to meddle in another’s marital conflict? This lesson gives us insight into the sensitive issue of divorce, and what it teaches us about the unparallelled value that Judaism places on shalom bayit, peace in the home.