Jews Marry Spouses Closer to Their Age

The Central Bureau of Statistics released some numbers pertaining to marriage in Israel in honor of Tu B’Av, the holiday considered by Torah sages as one of two happiest days of the year, the other being Yom Kippur.

The average age gap between husband and wife in first marriages was 2.3 years among Jews. The number for the rest of the religions was more than twice as high – at about five years.

All in all, 48,997 couples married in 2009. Of these, 37,165 were Jewish, 9,999 Muslim, 758 Christians and 990 Druze. A press statement explained that the statistics relate to 2009 because CBS’s analyses go two years back, not one.


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