Strengthen your relationship with your partner by taking thoughtful, encouraging steps to bring out the best in them.

According to Rashi, the classic commentator on the Bible, a spouse can be a help-meet or stand in opposition of their spouse. Interestingly, the opposition by a spouse to their partner’s action can actually bring out the best in the other. To learn more, read this enlightening analysis entitled “The Help Meet” from Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald’s Torah message for Bereshith 5771-2010. Out of respect for the Sabbath, please consider printing it on Friday afternoon if you plan to read it on Shabbat.