Bereshit B: Chapter 50
He who goes on a journey

No matter how high we climb spiritually, we are always beholden to our wives, for it is through their essence that we receive all our Light. The woman is the direct manifestation of God's presence, or Shechinah, in our world.

Rabbi Akiva, the great and holy master of the eminent sage Rabbi Shimon, once told his students, "All that is yours and all that is mine is hers." He was indicating the indispensable role a woman plays in a man's spiritual work.