Staying Married


When a man has taken a wife, and married her, and it comes to pass that she does not find favor in his eyes…

Deuteronomy 24:1

A distraught young woman came to Rabbi Israel, the Maggid of Kozhnitz. “Rebbe, help me,” she cried. “My husband has deserted me!”

“Why did he leave you?” asked Rabbi Israel.

“He says that I’m ugly,” said the woman.

“And what do you say to that?” asked Rabbi Israel.

“Under the wedding canopy,” said the woman, “I was beautiful in his eyes. Suddenly I’m ugly?”

Rabbi Israel lifted his eyes to the heavens: “Master of the Universe! When you wed us at Mount Sinai we were beautiful in Your eyes. So what happened? Why have You turned Your face from us?”

Adapted from the teachings of the Rebbe by Yanki Tauber


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