Freedom is …opening the mind to other possibilities. My son’s dating and engagement is a tremendous example of this. I grew up as a secular Jewish person and dated my yet -to- be husband in college. We eventually became more observant of our faith and after exploring our religion independent of each other, met up again and married (writing a memoir about this twist of fate). My son on the other hand, having been raised in the Jewish religious manner, met his fiance through a matchmaker and after a few relatively short dates, decided that this was the girl for him. She happily agreed and voila! A match. There were many divine providences here including mutual friends, but the finding of one’s soul mate is as difficult as the ‘splitting of the Reed sea.’ It takes wisdom, discerning, clarity, prayer, support and most importantly, the revealed hand of G-d. This matchmaking dating, including being ‘shomer negiah’ – meaning no physical contact between the couple – is such an amazing system that touches on the holy infinite. Compared to the secular way that I originally dated and the way that many people of the world do, opening my mind to the possibilities of finding a soulmate another way is freeing.
2nd day of the Jewish month of Nissan – the month of Freedom