I’m curious what the concept of Shalom Bayit means in terms of practical Halacha. Is it a mitzvah, a general halachic rule, an ethical principle, or something else? Where is it derived from historically?

  • Are you asking what it is or what level of obligation one is under to achieve it?
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 18, 2023 at 17:50
  • It is a principle, the most classic example is probably the example of the Sotah, where Hashem lets us erase His name in order to promote peace and harmony between husband and wife.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Dec 18, 2023 at 17:55

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The gemara uses it to refer to general tranquility in the home https://www.sefaria.org/Shabbat.23b.3?lang=bi&with=all and marital relations https://www.sefaria.org/Steinsaltz_on_Shabbat.152a.7?lang=bi&with=all

  • I don't think this answers the question. @Kirk didn't ask for a definition.of "shalom bayis", but what its role is halachically. Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 10:52
  • See his last question
    – Nahum
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 13:45

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