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The religious Jewish understanding of family relations
This work is by one of the greatest Jewish teachers of this generation, Rabbi Joseph Dov Ber Soloveitchik. There are six essays whose topics are:Adam and Eve- Marriage, The Redemption of the Sexual Life- Parenthood, Natural and Redeemed- Kibbud u-Mora Honor and Fear of Parents- Torah and Shekhinah.
Here is a sample passage:
" The Bible often mentions love in conjunction with the act of entering into matrimony. Yet, to confine the essence of marriage to love would be tantamount to building a magnificent edifice upon quicksand. First, as we mentioned before, it is impossible to determine the genuineness and depth of the love feeling. Many times the latter expresses merely a surface transient emotion which is due to physical attraction. Second, no one can predict how long love will endure. The permenency of emotion, no matter how sincere and truthful , is always doubtful. Third, love can be given to many. It is not necessarily limited to one person.That is why Halakah used as its base of operation not the subjective feeling of marital love, but the objective awareness of marital committment. The latter expresses itself in the reaching of a covenental arrangement between two individuals who, desirous of forming a community, commit themselves to each other."
To be able to read and learn from the work of Rabbi Soloveitchik is a great privilege. This is also true in regard to this work.