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Zeruya Shalev – Love should be a school subject

In a newspaper interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 29.12.2017, the Israeli writer said:

“Marriage is not the problem; love without a marriage certificate is complicated enough. The key question in relationships today is: As a couple, do you want to have children – and when the answer is yes, under what conditions? But I believe that nowadays a wedding can provide a feeling of security in a complex world, particularly among young people. I’m no expert in marriage, but I think that love should be taught in school. Not so much how to love but what to expect. Children must learn how to talk to one another, they must be prepared for setbacks and must have no fear even of being hurt. This is just as important as mathematics.”

[Zeruya Shalev, born in 1959 in Kibbutz Kinneret close to the Sea of Galilee, worked as a therapist, studied Biblical Studies and ended up as an editor in a publishing house. Her first novel Love Life was published in 2000, promptly bringing her international fame. The book was made into a film in 2007 and is part of trilogy that includes Husband and Wife and Thera. At the beginning of 2004, she was seriously injured in a blast in Jerusalem when a bomb left in a bus travelling next to her exploded. This experience emerges in her novel Ke’ev. Shalev lives with her third husband, writer Eyal Megged, and her adopted son in Haifa. She has two other children from previous marriages.]



Liebe by Janice Jakait

The latest book by Janice Jakait deals with the many different aspects of our topic. But the main focus – like in the majority of publications – is love in a traditional relationship. New on the bookshelves and still fresh in my mind. I will contact Janice Jakait and speak to her about the one or the other question that arose while reading the book. I’ll keep you informed.

Here’s a beautiful sentence from the preface that stuck in my mind:

“Love is not an idea or a promise that can be fulfilled like a surefire plan – love is having the courage to devote yourself to the unpredictatable, surprising and truthful things beyond you mind instead of devoting yourself just to ideas, plans and fixed ideas. Love is having the courage to marvel at the real world and at totally new experiences.”