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A marriage which is prohibited by the Creator is certain to be harmful to all parties.

For Her Sake, Too

For Her Sake, Too

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For Her Sake, Too
A marriage which is prohibited by the Creator is certain to be harmful to all parties.

"G-D said to Moses: Say to the Kohanim, the sons of Aaron …A [Jewish] woman who is a prostitute1 or profaned2 they shall not marry, and they shall not marry a [Jewish] woman who is divorced, because each [Kohen] is sanctified to his G‑d." (Levit. 21:1,7)

...he should realize that his marrying her would expose her to untold harm...

Lubavitcher Rebbe (from a letter): In all matters of matrimony, the happiness of two partners is involved, and if there is any issue between them, the happiness of children and future generations is at stake. Obviously a marriage which is prohibited by the Creator and Master of the Universe is one that cannot be a happy one, and is certain to be harmful to all parties. In other words, if the said kohen has feelings for the divorcee in question, he should realize that his marrying her would expose her to untold harm not only in the afterlife and in a spiritual sense but also in this physical life.

The fact that it is beyond comprehension is immaterial, for it is certain that the Creator of the world knows what is best for His creatures and since He has so strictly prohibited such a marriage there can be no doubt that it is harmful. Therefore even on humanitarian grounds, the said kohen, if he has any feelings for the said divorcee [for that reason also] should give up the idea and avoid causing himself and her irreparable damage, physically and spiritually.

Copyright 2001 Chabad of California / http://www.LAchumash.org

Footnotes
1.
In this context this can also mean: had intimate relations with a non-Jew or lived as a couple with a Jew on an on-going basis but without a marriage certificate. – Ed.
2.
Rashi: "a woman who is profaned", referring here to a woman who was born from [a descendant of Aaron whose marriage, or his father's marriage, rendered him] unfit for the priesthood.
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (11 Nissan 1902–3 Tammuz 1994) became the seventh rebbe of the Chabad dynasty on 10 Shevat 1950. He is widely acknowledged as the greatest Jewish leader of the second half of the 20th century, a dominant scholar in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah, and fluent in many languages and on scientific subjects. The Rebbe is best known for his extraordinary love and concern for every Jew on the planet, having sent thousands of emissaries around the globe, dedicated to strengthening Judaism.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky is a scholar, author and anthologist, and is editor-in-chief at Chabad House Publications of California. He is the author and translator of Apples from the Orchard, gleanings from the writings of the Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria, 1534–1572) on the Torah, and is the author and editor-in-chief of the Kehot Chumash produced by Chabad House Publications, featuring an interpolated translation of the Torah with commentary adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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