Receiving from the Heart
I want you to know something, Chosson: I’m sure you want to marry her, but I want you to summon your whole ratson [will]. Mamash, I want you to want it, to want it, to want it, to want it, to want it in the deepest, deepest, mamash the deepest possible human way. And Kallah, I want you to take your whole neshama, your whole heart, your whole life, and mamash to be mikabel [receive] this ring, not only in your hands and your fingers. I want you to receive this ring from the deepest depths of your neshama [soul]. From the deepest depths of your heart.
The letter of Chodesh Kislev [the month of Kislev] is samech “O.” Mamash a ring has the shape of the Hebrew letter samech.
Reb Leibele Eiger says: the Zohar HaKodesh says we marry our holy wives with a ring because it’s the letter samech, “Somech HaShem lekol hanoflim” [Gd supports the ones who fall]. We bless you, you should keep each other up, keep each other alive, keep Yiddishkeit alive, keep the Torah alive, keep your children alive. We bless you that every person you meet, you should keep them alive.
Everybody knows that the letter samech is the fifteenth letter in the Aleph Bais. Hamisha Asar Be’av [the fifteenth day of the month of Av], on the fifteenth letter of the Aleph Bais, is the day when everybody is getting married. “B’nos Yisroel yoitsos” [the daughters of Israel go out]. Because it’s the letter, samech and this is the day when mamash the Ribbono Shel Olam [Master of the World] gives every young man a ring to marry his holy bride.
It says “Min hameitsar korosi kah;” Ribbono Shel Olam, I feel so bad, I’m so low, I’m so mamash depressed. “Anoni bamerchav kah.” Ribbono Shel Olam, answer me with the fifteenth letter of the Aleph Bais. Give me a little samech so I marry my soulmate. So then I’ll feel so good, I’ll be mamash so wide.
The part of me which is most honest is my feet. Sometimes you go to a wedding, and your mind is going slow, but your feet want to be there quickly, because it is for real. The couple really loves each other.