I recall learning once that it is impermissible to use וְאֵרַשְׂתִּ֥יךְ לִ֖י לְעוֹלָ֑ם (Hosea 2:21-22) to refer to husband-wife (or even to use on a wedding invitation).

I would appreciate being directed to the source. Thanks-


  • That's interesting where did you hear this? A number of commentaries point to the fact that the relationship between the Jewish people and G-d is represented through this imagery of an engaged couple. Unless of course, the thinking is that we should not make our relationship with Hashem humanistic
    – Dov
    May 15, 2023 at 11:54
  • @Dov that's one angle. Another (related) angle is those words are reserved for Hashem and His people
    – Rabbi Kaii
    May 15, 2023 at 12:45
  • It's probably from this widely ignored Talmudic story judaism.stackexchange.com/a/48910/759
    – Double AA
    May 15, 2023 at 12:51


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