In Law

The torah has set a universal western standard regarding relationship by affinity i.e. my wifes parents are related to me. This relationship – in law – is so real that according to halacha it prohibits sexual relations, and penalizes testimony. Entering into a relationship redefines my boundaries beyond the particular individual. It expands my environment, imposing prohibitions, revealing opportunities. Perhaps that is why this is the introduction to the covenant at Sinai. How are our boundaries redefined when we are betrothed by God?

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