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Hakaras Hatov for Your Wife

When God created man, the female form was not immediately created. In turn, God extracted a rib from Adam's body and created a spouse for him. God created the female, as the Torah (Genesis 2:18) states:

ויאמר יהוה אלהים לא־טוב היות האדם לבדו אעשה־לו עזר כנגדו:

And Hashem, God said, "It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting counterpart for him."

This verse prompts several questions.

  1. Why does the Torah expound on the motive behind God's creation of the female? The Torah only contains information from which we must learn and glean knowledge.

  2. Following this, what becomes the lesson, or why must we know this information

  3. Considering that the Torah emphasizes the necessity of the female form in the world's inception, why did God not create Chava in conjunction with Adam initially? It seems as if God did not produce a perfect creation, but rather, in the process of creating the universe, made an error ch''v. Of course, this cannot be true, so let us take a closer look at this.

The rationale behind this is relatively straightforward. It is God's will for individuals to comprehend that it is not appropriate for a man to be without a wife. Thus, God initially created man without a spouse and subsequently bestowed upon him a wife, allowing him to perceive the inherent goodness of her in stark contrast. By acquiring a wife, man is now equipped with the necessary insight to appreciate her value fully. Consequently, given his knowledge of the challenges and shortcomings of living without her, he is unlikely to devalue her.

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