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Beloved Friends

Lesson 3

Synergizing and Sanctifying Love and Desire
We all start out starry-eyed, but is “passionate marriage” realistic in the long-term? How can one relationship give us the comforting security we crave from commitment as well as the spark of novelty and mystique that fuels desire? The mitzvah of taharat hamishpachah, or “family purity,” has long been shrouded in mystery and misconception. Yet these laws may just hold the secret to synchronizing—and sanctifying—these paradoxical aspects of marriage, while also revealing an unparalleled connection between us and G‑d.