First posted on The Times of Israel at: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/vayakel-wise-wives/
Baal Haturim Exodus: Vayakel
Marriage is the best state for man in general, and every man is a worse man in proportion to the level he is unfit for marriage. -Samuel Johnson
Voluntary single-hood is at a historic high. People in countries all over the world, of their own free will are making the decision that they do not wish to marry, they do not wish to be joined in matrimony, to share their lives with a significant other. I am not talking about people who have been searching for a spouse for years. I am not talking about people who due to various constraints would have difficulty finding or keeping a mate. I am talking about healthy, well-adjusted, capable people, who seem to think that the best course of action for them and for the world is to remain single for the rest of their lives.
This is probably one of the worst decisions they will make for themselves and for humanity in general. The very first command of God to humanity is to marry and bear children. The Talmud states that a man that is not married is considered dead in some respects. The Baal Haturim on Exodus 35:25 goes a step further and states that one who is married to a wise woman, that woman is credited for giving life to her husband.
May we find, keep and cherish the wise wives we need and may our womenfolk always be the sagacious spouses we rely on.