Is the Hebrew Bible Single-Minded on Singlehood?

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‘Dates anyone?’ Flickr/Jan Smith

The reason Genesis 2:18 gives for the divine decision to create Eve is that “[i]t’s not good for the man to be alone.” God decides that Adam needs a “helper opposite him.” Although the Hebrew word “Adam” refers to the first man, it also suggests all men. Thus was born a stigma against singleness.

“In that text, we understand that a human without a mate is frowned upon. The Torah seems to prioritize marriage,” says Jason Miller, a Conservative rabbi from Detroit.

While most of the rabbis Miller knows understand that it is acceptable for a single woman or man who wants to raise a child on her or his own to do so, he says dishonor still surrounds singlehood.

Read more on FaithStreet’s On Faith site.


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