The home is central to practice, because if you ask about the strongest memories, Jewish will speak of lighting Chanukah candles at their grandparents’ house or eating with their families, though synagogues and institutions should not be minimized. While biblical values became the basis centrality in the areas of the relationship between men and women, some significant innovations teaching that a man and a woman are two halves, more than just a team, bring new life into the world, appeared. Lacking a national homeland, Jews have focused on a holy space with own personal dwellings, a home which can be identified by the objects and by what takes place there, differing in their practice and interests.
Examples include items such as kiddush cups for the blessing sanctifying holidays, special plates and books by Jewish authors, objects which identify the house and remind the inhabitants of the centrality in their life. Many traditions believe family life is a sacred duty and a way to express loyalty, but what does Judaism say about raising a family as a way to express the roles of men and women? Jewish relationships command to provide for children, and as with other relationships, parents and children are bound to each other by commanded and sacred practices, emphasizing reverence for parents and mandating that parents provide with very specific preparations.
Jewish community is one of the pillars of our life, and the Jewish objects make a home have unique meaning, between the private spaces where ritual takes place. Judaism was unique when it forbade pederasty and held marriage as the ideal state, having tremendous implications on the women, as Jewish law mandates that one must respect his wife by placing the legal obligation to satisfy her, as grounds for divorce. Judaism recognizes that each parent can contribute to the religious, emotional and material needs of the child, and the role of women is seen of equal value, even though her obligations are different but no less important.
The Torah includes mitzvot regarding interaction, such as: parents may not sacrifice their children to God, parents are responsible for educating, and first-born sons must be redeemed from the priesthood. We must, therefore, not underestimate these Jewish ideas and their impact, as in terms of Roman culture, monogamy had a profound impact on and man’s nature will allow sex to dominate the life of society, so when Judaism demanded that sexual activity is channeled into marriage, it is not overstated to say that it made the creation of civilization possible. Reform Jews believe that both husband and wife may take part in work and in Jewish families, children are responsible as a way of honoring God, as partners in the creation, so to disrespect one’s parents is to do so to God.
Honoring parents is among the Ten Commandments and the requirement to show reverence provides motivations for their observance, as the one who honors parents will continue one’s link to the land of Israel, so the motivation is one of a promised reward.