Verbal domestic abuse

Verbal abuse towards wife:[1]

One must be very careful not to oppress his wife, not to cause her pain with words.[2] G-dly retribution for oppressing one’s wife is quick to come.[3] A person is to be very careful with his wife’s honor as the blessing of the home of a man is only found due to the wife. Chazal[4] stated to their generation “Respect your wives in order to become wealthy.”

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[1] Admur Hilchos Onah 32

[2] Admur Hilchos Onah 32; Michaber 228/3; Rav in Bava Metzia 59a

The reason: Since she is easily brought to tears, the G-dly retribution for verbally oppressing one’s wife is quick to come. [Admur ibid; See Michaber ibid; Gemara ibid] A woman has a sensitive nature and can be brought to tears with minor suffering, and Hashem does not close the gates to tears. [Smeh 228/5]

[3] Admur ibid; Smeh 228/5

The reason: Since she is easily brought to tears, the G-dly retribution for verbally oppressing one’s wife is quick to come. [Admur ibid; See Michaber ibid; Gemara ibid] A woman has a sensitive nature and can be brought to tears with minor suffering, and Hashem does not close the gates to tears. [Smeh 228/5]

[4] Bava Metzia ibid

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