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The Vilna Gaon states that simcha can exist internally, but sasson is a greater level of simcha where it manifests itself externally through your actions. That's why we say "Yasis alayich elokayich kimisos chassan al kallah" - during the wedding he is more than happy, he is "overjoyed."


Actually, it's Rashi, not the gemara, that says that... Ultimately, people use it because it's nice, not because it's 100% accurate vis a vis dikduk and the gemara. Lots of derashot do this - they take liberty in deviating from the peshat for the purposes of providing a nice message... After further thought, the "Binyan Aday Ad" is referring not to Chavah, ...

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