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There is an idea (which I initially became familiar with in my misspent youth from tamei sources but subsequently have seen it mentioned in tahor one's) that Shavuos is, as it were, a marriage between Am Yisroel and Hashem. Does anybody have the source for this idea and able to elaborate?

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The Mishna in Taanis 4:8 tells us that when it says in Shir Hashirim 3:11 "The day of our wedding" it refers to the giving of the Torah, i.e Shavuot. (Rashi on Shir Hashirim 3:11 says it as well.)

Once we've established that there is a connection between the giving of the Torah and Marriage, this opens us up for a lot of divre torah, connecting the two. Such as the one @SimchasTorah linked to, which compares the whole time period from Pesach to Shavuos as different steps in the Marriage process. Or this one here, which uses the Ten Commandments as a template for marital harmony. Or this one, which tells us how a marriage is much more than just the union of two people.

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