The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 13 February 2010 / 28 Shevat 5770

Recipe for a Happy Marriage

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Couples in the Orthodox community have a better chance of enjoying a happy marriage than those in the general community.

This is the conclusion of a recent survey conducted by the Aleinu Family Resource Center in California.

"Very good" or "excellent" was what 72 percent of Orthodox men said to surveyors about their marriage, and 74 percent of Orthodox women echoed this response. By comparison 62.9 percent of men and 59.5 percent of women in the general population reported that their marriages are happy.

Commenting on these findings, one expert suggested that the success of Orthodox marriages was due to a shared vision of life, the observance of Jewish purity laws, and a more realistic expectation of marriage.

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