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Hidden HereticsJewish Doubt in the Digital Age$
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Ayala Fader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169903

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169903.001.0001

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The Morality of a Married Double Life

The Morality of a Married Double Life

(p.91) 4 The Morality of a Married Double Life
Hidden Heretics

Ayala Fader

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the diversity of people living life-changing doubt and their still-religious spouses. It highlights the distinctive experiences and implications for men and women in double life marriages. It talks about double lifers that elaborated and navigated a changing morality influenced by liberal values, often in conflict with the ultra-Orthodox morality of their still-religious spouse and children. The chapter looks into the tension between revelation and secret keeping for people living double lives that meant choosing between self-fulfilment and comfortable familiarity, as well as between individual truth and protection of their family. It also reviews how double lifers secretly began violating the religious laws and obligations under the very noses of their still-religious spouses all the while appearing as ultra-Orthodox men and women to friends, family, and their communities.

Keywords:   double life marriages, religious spouse, double lifers, self-fulfilment, comfortable familiarity, ultra-Orthodox Jews, ultra-Orthodox morality

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