The Marriage Of God And Israel

Did Israel Marry God At Mount Sinai?

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman

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The Bible talks about a "marriage" between God and Israel at Sinai, but what does that really mean?

In Parshat Yitro, we read the most important piece in the narrative of the Jewish people, the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, when the nation and God are 'married.' Curiously, before that story, we have two short stories about Yitro, Moses's father-in-law, first when he throws a feast to celebrate the salvation, and then when he advises Moses to set up a court system. How do these stories relate to both Moses's first meeting with Yitro and the marriage between the people and God?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman connects these stories to uncover a clue to understanding how we, too, can keep the marriage between God and Israel today.