Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Jealousy can only be removed by G-d

 Rav Yaakov Kaminetsky (Emes L’Yakov Bamidbar 5:15):The reason for this whole procedure of Sotah  is that when a man suspects his wife of adultery only if G-d directly assures him that she is innocent, even though this isn't so for any other sin but rather 2 witnesses alone establish the facts, because the husband will not believe them. Because the husband would not believe even a prophet therefore for the sake of shalom bayis G-d allows His name to be erased and it is as if G-d is directly stating she is innocent therefore the foundation of the law of sotah is not to punish the wife but to ensure the husband believes she is innocent which is the basis of Chullin 141a Great is the peace between man and wife, for the Torah has permitted the name of G-d which is to be written in all sanctity, to be washed away in the waters of bitterness,

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