Introduction to Jewish Matrimonial Law

By:Arnold Cohen
The Jewish wedding is both an exciting and awe-inspiring occasion in the Jewish life-cycle; but as momentous as it is, the ceremony itself is but one aspect of the greater world of matrimony.

To fully appreciate the complete spectrum of issues concerning Jewish marriage, Feldheim Publishers presents Arnold Cohen’s An Introduction to Jewish Matrimonial Law. Written in clear and concise language which makes it a valuable tool for readers of all backgrounds, Cohen describes his book as “exactly what the title says: an introduction – setting out the principles and sources of the law and the debates surrounding it.” The author compiles a wealth of information that covers the principal marital issues. He begins with the background – the Biblical commandment to procreate, the advantages of marriage and proscribed unions. He then enumerates the various stages of betrothal and marriage, and the obligations and rights of a husband and wife. The book culminates with the termination of marriage, discussing such issues as divorce, a widow’s entitlements, Levirite marriages, and the laws of inheritance.

On the importance of family life, Cohen writes “in the same way that parents are responsible for the physical welfare of their child, so are they responsible for his spiritual welfare. What better education can a child have than growing up in a loving family where the adults respect each other, children honor their seniors, siblings share with each other, and family life is conducted as a microcosm of what is considered civilization as a whole?”

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