Parashat Naso / Wayward wives and vanishing words
The wife drinks the words that have been erased and which have been dissolved in the water, and it is this liquid that creates the desired chemical reaction.
In Sifre, the Tannaitic midrashic work on the Book of Numbers, the sages state, “Peace is so important that the holy name which has been written with holy reverence is blotted out on the water for the sake of peace, for the sake of establishing domestic peace between a husband and wife” (Sifre, Book of Numbers: 42).
The sages are referring here to the “wayward wife”...
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