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Honoring the Masculine and Feminine
The Sages state that if the Jewish people would keep two Shabbats properly, they would be redeemed immediately. This is usually understood to mean two Shabbats in a row, but the Ari comments that the mystical meaning of this statement is that we must keep the two spiritual aspects of the Shabbat - the feminine and masculine aspects - Shabbat night and Shabbat day.
Ornaments for the Bride
The giving of the Torah is the marriage between G-d (the groom) and the Jewish people (the bride); the flow of the Torah's divine insight and wisdom from G-d to us is analogous to the flow of vital seed from the groom to the bride on the wedding night.