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The Committed Marriage: A Guide to Finding a Soul Mate and Building a Relationship Through Timeless Biblical Wisdom [Paperback]

Esther Jungreis
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April 29 2004

In our turbulent world, it sometimes seems difficult to forge and maintain the bonds of a committed, loving relationship. In The Committed Marriage, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, esteemed teacher, counselor, and matchmaker, helps even the most pressured modern couples find harmony and unity, guided by the timeless wisdom of the Torah. Starting with the first stagesof finding a soul mate, and continuing through the challenge of learningto communicate with compassion and understanding, whether debating parenting issues or how to grow old in harmony, these real-life success stories reflect the practicality and endurance of traditional values. The anecdotes and true-life stories will speak to your heart and mind, while the Rebbetzin's faith and depth of understanding will inspire you and strengthen your marriage.

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Determined to provide sound advice and encouragement for any marriage on the rocks, as well as for singles and couples who have not yet experienced the challenges of living together, Rebbetzin Jungreis (The Committed Life) depicts the problems people face and offers guidance for getting through them. Those accustomed to the "disposable" life-who get rid of any hindrance to what is perceived as happiness-will find that this Torah-based relationship manual is hardly for them. The Rebbetzin (Hebrew term for a rabbi's wife) shares her own matrimonial stories, which exude confidence that one can lead a life of peace and fulfillment, as long as understanding, giving, compromise and hard work are fully integrated into one's marriage. "Marriage is not a business partnership-it's not even give-and-take, but it's give and give more. Giving is a prerequisite to genuine love, although people mistakenly believe that just the opposite is true." Jungreis speaks with the authority of a psychologist and marriage counselor, the wisdom of a biblical scholar and the compassion of a wife and mother. She offers much of the advice already proffered by other relationship experts, but her inclusion of God and religion makes these stories and recommendations unique. She claims firsthand involvement in all of her vignettes, and since they all end successfully-a divorce called off, a lifetime dispute settled-it seems prudent to call on the Rebbetzin should trouble arise.
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Taking in the wisdom contained on these pages, we realize that marriage is a perfect venue for working out the purpose of our lives. (Spirituality and Health magazine)

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis is well known for her Torah outreach, her lectures, and her popular newspaper column. She is also the author of "The Committed Life," in which she wrote about the spiritual rewards of living according to the laws of the Torah. In her latest book, "The Committed Marriage," Rebbetizin Jungreis convincingly shows that a man and woman whose marriage is faltering may be able to revitalize their relationship by learning from the wisdom of the Torah.
Jungreis wisely avoids lecturing the reader. She presents many pertinent and interesting anecdotes, which demonstrate the importance of treating your partner with respect, communicating with him or her effectively, and persevering when the going gets tough. The reason that Jungreis's words do not come across as didactic and condescending is that she infuses her advice with love, compassion, and deep psychological understanding. Jungreis's beautiful writing style flows smoothly and effortlessly. Her warmth and concern shine through and embrace the reader. The book is enhanced by Rebbetzin Jungreis's frequent and personal allusions to the words and actions of her late father and husband, since these two spiritual giants exemplified the purest Torah values.
Cynics may dismiss the ideas brought forth in "The Committed Marriage" as simple common sense. However, in our self-centered society, too many people hide behind their busy schedules; they neglect the most important relationships in their lives, until they realize that it is too late to turn back. It is unfortunate, but true, that common sense is increasingly uncommon.
I recommend "The Committed Marriage" for those who want to have a more meaningful, harmonious, and joyous marriage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring July 25 2003
The Committed Marriage is another fine book by the Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis on finding and builing a sucessful marriage in today's world. This book looks at life as seeing the glass as half full as opposed to half empty.
Many of the stories are quite inspiring particularly the one of Jackie who loved her husband even though they lost nearly all their money in the recent stock market crash. Other counseling sessions depicting marriages in trouble certainly give a fresh perspective to the many difficulties a couple truly has. However, Jungreis gives much sound advice and wonderful wisdom straight from the Torah.
It would be nice to have more information on what became of some of these troubled couples. At times, Jungreis does spend a little bit too much time on the bickering. It would be nice to have more information on how the couples did indeed resolve their differences. Nonetheless, there are many positive messages throughout this book that it certainly can be a worthy addition to those interested in spiritual and self help material.
Not as strong as The Committed Life but that book ranks as an all timer. A very worthy companion to the aforementioned book it certainly is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebbetzin Jungreis is a well-spring of wisdom! July 8 2003
The wisdom shared by Rebbetzin Jungreis reaches deep into the soul of humankind, having meaning and appeal both to the Jew and the non-Jew alike. If you like the writings of authors such as Chaim Potok, Isaac Singer, and Nathan Ausubel, you will love Rebbetzin Jungreis.
Drink from her well-spring of wisdom to receive health and nourishment for your marriage as she quotes from the Torah, Talmud, the sages, and adds a wealth of information from her personal experiences as well.
These all combine to weave a beautiful tapestry of love, unity, and mutual respect between the husband and wife as they bring the revealed will of The Almighty into clear focus for their marriage.
In addition to this book, I highly recommend that you also purchase her book entitled "The Committed Life" and read them as a combined set. The wisdom in both books will enrich and change your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Treasure from the Rebbetzin Aug. 6 2003
By Chava79
Anyone interested in a loving, functioning marriage should read this book. It is useful for those looking for a mate or those who already have a spouse. Actually, anyone could benefit from reading the Committed Marriage...
Rebbetzin Jungreis emphasizes building charachter. This will not only make your marriage last, but enable you to find deeper meaning in life as an individual as well. The Rebbetzin shares her first-hand experience in working with people. The content of the book is outstanding and she conveys it in a manner that is a pleasure to read - the Rebbetzin is a magnificent storyteller.
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