Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Male Carries the Family Memory

In Hebrew, male and memory share the same word: zachar.  This may be why so many cultures continue to remember the family name through the male line only.  It may also be a reminder that marriages work best when women consider themselves to be joining their husband’s family just a bit more than having husbands join their own.  Taking a husband’s name is not only the highest compliment a woman can pay a man, it also ensures that each family is remembered into the future through the line of its males.  This is yet another way God has created a role for the male to compensate for the indispensable role that nature created for the female.  This is a gift of God given uniquely to humans.  

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," pg.185

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