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Jewish Marriages Are Stronger Than In Society as a Whole

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In a nutshell, this is what Orthodox Jewish marriages are all about, and this is what the Orthodox Union must keep in mind as it plans a new generation of “Positive Jewish Marriage” programs to further its goal of strengthening the Jewish family: Overwhelmingly marriages among Orthodox Jews tend to be happy – more often than in society as a whole -- with three-quarters of spouses saying they would get married again to the same person. However, there is a “perception” that the divorce rate is rising, and there is a marital satisfaction “down-period” starting well in advance of 20 years of marriage and leading up to 30 years that may precede an “up-period” in which fulfillment and happiness become more common. At the other extreme, for the newly married, more so than for those married more than 30 years, expectations for marriage are drawn from Hollywood or magazines.

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