A Background Paper on Jewish Views of the Family
Stephen C. Lerner
American Jewish Committee (AJC),
In this paper the author explores the role of the nuclear family in traditional and contemporary Judaism. After presenting positive views of marriage in various Jewish sources, he raises difficulties and challenges that come with marriage, such as divorce the agunah (chained wife). He also discusses other values of the Jewish home, including different concepts of the ideal household and the importance of raising children and providing for their education. Finally, he describes recent changes in the modern home, such as single-parents and two-career-parents, along with other risks to the traditional Jewish home.
Agunot (Chained Wives),
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Lerner, Stephen C. A Background Paper on Jewish Views of the Family. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 1982: