ONE would think that the most important relationship in life, the marital relationship, receives much attention in the Torah. One would be wrong.?Besides the technical requirements of a marriage ceremony, and putting aside the relationships between couples, such as Abraham and Sarah, there is no explanation of what marriage is supposed to be other than a single verse in this week’s Torah portion — the first in the Torah.
Of course, one may deduce many aspects of marriage from the extensive description of the marital relationships of the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs, but this is tricky. Deduction from actual relationships is subject to multiple interpretation.
Genesis, of course, describes the creation of human beings, who become the first couple, Adam and Eve. Only a single verse describes what their relationship is supposed to be, and it does not seem to make sense.