11:1 King Shlomo loved many foreign women
It seems shocking that the wise and righteous King Shlomo loves and marries foreign women. Rambam notes that he certainly does not marry these women without them first converting to Judaism. Yet, they clearly do not convert with a full heart, as evidenced by their continuing idolatrous practices. How, then, can King Shlomo make such a mistake? Rabbi Aviner suggests that Shlomo thought he could spread belief in Hashem throughout the world, and that in order to do that he would need to incorporate representatives of other nations into the People of Israel. Though he has noble intentions, he makes a mistake in not sufficiently protecting himself and the People of Israel from the dangers of foreign influence and idol worship.