Table 1: The number of Jewish marriages in Australia from 1992 to 2010.
Marriage is seen as a personal, contractual relationship and the fulfilment of the Mitzvah. All Jewish men and women are expected to marry as it is the first commandment located in Genesis. Marriage is a religious obligation as it structures the lives of the couple and assigns clear roles to each partner. In fact, one must be married in order to become a rabbi. Judaism's high view of marriage derives from its view of the home and family as the centre of religious life. Given true love and a man and woman who follow religious and ethical precepts, life holds the possibility of being as close to paradise as is possible in this world. But if they violate God's commands, they must repeat the experience of Adam and Eve in paradise lost. Judaism teaches that every bride and groom must go back to Adam and Eve, and re-enact that physical and spiritual drama of community as "one flesh". Jewish marriage is not designed for the ethical management of the sexual drive, nor is it a concession to human weakness. Marriage is seen as a blessing from God because it enables to overcome loneliness. According to the Torah, Jewish marriage is the decision to confront the challenge of the real world. Judaism teaches when a man marries, he enters not only marriage, but the world. In addition, Judaism views marriage as holy, as a sanctification of life. Furthermore, Judaism views marriage as purposeful. The purposes of marriage are both companionship and procreation. Conferring to Judaism, woman was created because "It is not good for a man to be alone." (Genesis 2:18) In addition, marriage enables fulfillment of the first commandment: "Be fruitful and multiply." (Genesis 1:28). The mystics explain that two primary considerations drive the