Speaker: Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld ז”ל. Text: Sotah 2a.
00:00 – Hashem as Matchmaker. When the Yam Suf was split, all the waters of earth were split from one into two. Creating a zivug – husband and wife – is as difficult as splitting Yam Suf.
06:52 – A husband and wife were originally one soul. Marriage unifies the soul because it was divided into two before birth.
07:51 – A man is given a wife who matches his spiritual level (Sotah 2a) yet 40 days before the forming of a male child, his zivug is announced in Heaven. How is this seeming contradiction resolved in a way that recognizes free will?
11:28 – Another question arises concerning this announcement at the moment of his conception. Before a man marries he should have a home and a livelihood.
13:06 – The most important day in a man’s life is the day of his marriage, because that’s when he becomes a complete person. On his wedding day, a chatan (groom) receives a complete pardon for all the sins of his lifetime until then.
The entire shiur is HERE.