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Friday, July 24, 2015

Who marries whom


In Rabbi Nachman's Story of Ancient Times, of a Prayer Leader he recounts:

Once, there was a king and a queen, and they had an only daughter. And it came near the time to marry her off, so they seated advisors to give counsel as to whom she ought to be married. And I too was there among the advisors (i.e. the Prayer Leader, who is still relating this in front of them) because the king liked me, and my advice was that they should give her the geebor, because the geebor had wrought us many benefits, for he had conquered many countries; therefore he ought to be given the queen's daughter for a wife. My advice was very well received, and they all agreed upon it, and there was a big celebration there for having found a groom for the queen's daughter. And they wed the queen's daughter with the geebor, and the queen's daughter had a child.

Notice how originally the princess is to given to the groom, but when the Prayer Leader gives his suggestion he says the reverse, that the geebor should be given the princess (perhaps this was just in defference to the majesty?), and finally Rabbainu says that they were wed together in a neutral fashion.


Another fascinating particular is how Rabbainu refers to the princess as the queen's daughter (over the king).

May HY grant us the knowledge and understanding of these holy awesome stories!

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