Rabbi Cohen is betrothed to his wife Naomi under the chuppah. Chief Rabbi Herzog, the officiating rabbi, is on the right.
Excerpted with permission from Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen: Between War and Peace pp. 214, Urim Publications, 2017
“On the subject of Divine Providence present at every shidduch, Rabbi Cohen recalls the words of the Gemara in Tractate Moed Katan, p. 18b: “We learn from the Torah, from the Prophets, and from the Writings that it is from God that a particular woman [is destined] to a particular man.” Rabbi Cohen explains the need for the three-fold repetition: “It is natural for a person to think that it is through his own initiative that he has managed to find a wife and marry her. This is why the Torah emphasizes three times the belief in Divine Providence: ‘From God is a woman [destined] to a man.’ This idea is expressed in Genesis 24:50, Judges 14:4, and Proverbs 19:14.”
Rabbi Cohen further recalls: “It is plain that Divine Providence was in control of [mine and Naomi’s] destinies. For it transpired that during the three years that Naomi had been living in Jerusalem as a student before I met her, many mutual friends had been trying to get us together, wither by inviting both of us to Shabbat morning Kiddush, or to afternoon tea. However, on every single occasion, one or the other of us could not make it.”
Rabbanit Cohen elaborates: “Our meeting was delayed by Heaven, in order to make sure that we would first mature in the same direction and be ready to tie our lives together.”
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Excerpted with permission from Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen: Between War and Peace
pp. 212, Urim Publications, 2017