Love, Marriage, Family

"O casamento", óleo sobre tela de Marc Chagall, 1944

“The Wedding”, oil on canvas by Marc Chagall, 1944

“My son decided to get married.”

“That’s great! With a girl?”

A little over a week ago, let’s face it, this simple (real) dialog would be almost unthinkable. Marriage, for the most conventional among us, was that ancient institution designed to guarantee the survival of the human race — an institution that until very recently, to tell the truth, was not based on the love between two people, being in fact a business arrangement between the parents to ensure the endurance and perpetuity of political and cultural interests. Go figure. As for the avant-garde, marriage used to be an undesired formalization of romantic love that we flatly rejected, except in emergencies — for example, to allow a foreign bride or groom to stay in their partner’s country, or to make an “unwanted” pregnancy more palatable (…).

Starting today, check my weekly chronicle in the Times of Israel. Here.


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