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Minimum Age for Marriage
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Minimum Age for Marriage

At what age should you get married?

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Published: June 18, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 36

(33) ilona, July 11, 2012 3:05 AM

Many young people begin their sexual experiences in their early teen years, this however does not mean that they aer mature enough, definitely not mature enough for the institution of marriage. I presume that the comment made on the minimum age of 25 was made regarding communities all over the country not just geared at the Jewish community. I do not agree with the age of 25 but I think that the age requirement does make some sense. L:ettting those who want to experiment with their sexuality to enter marriage as a way to avoid premarital sex is not a solution.

(32) chava, July 10, 2012 4:02 PM

new law in Israel

Israel just passed a law raising the minimum age to 18. I think the law was aimed at those families which forced younger than age 18 girls to marry older men, who would give the family a large sum of money. In these cases, the girl is often (not always) mistreated. (But she had often been mistreated at home, as well.)

(31) Anonymous, July 3, 2012 2:48 AM

In Pursuit of our dream

To mandate or pass a law on minimum age limit for someone to marry, it brings to mind dictatorship. Too many laws, will take away responsibilities and at the same time the freedom we enjoy today. We live in a sexually permissive society, where we rarely hear about the challenges and complexities of the marriage relationship. Regardless of age, the person is ready to marry when the couple is mature enough knowing what both want and expect from each other, based on their own moral values. Do we talk about how would we want to raise our future children; can we talk openly about our finances, who is going to handle that? how will the relationship be in regard to our in-laws? Are we going to maintain a relationship with Hashem and sanctify His name in our home as Judaism required? Do we have all the extraordinary things to improve our quality of life and grow within our relationship, should we go forward with marrying each other? Am I sure this is the person I want to share the rest of my life with? Is this person respectful of my parents. Obviously, there are many elements to consider prior to tying the knot, which have nothing to do with age, but with maturity, moral values and principles. Thank you so very much Rabbi Salomon for an interesting article.

(30) Anonymous, June 27, 2012 8:10 PM

a good start

Sharing basic values is important. Values is a general term and should be clarified. Also, a person may have good values ,intellectually, but not good midot. Or personalities may clash_-for example one person may be neat , the other messy, etc.

(29) Yaakov, June 24, 2012 4:08 AM

Marry or live together outside marriage?

Young couples often live together before marriage. It is better when they marry first - regardless of their age. The 'minimum age' needs to take this into account. Mandating parental or judicial approval for early marriage may be an acceptable compromise. Early marriages may not always last for a long time, but the same thing occurs with 'living together'.

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