Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments

Shmuley Boteach, Author Doubleday Books $21 (304p) ISBN 978-0-385-49620-9
The author of Kosher Sex now offers a guide to dating. Boteach argues that the Ten Commandments are God's blueprints for his love affair with Israel, and there's no reason that readers shouldn't apply those precepts to their own love affairs. Hidden within the commandments are principles that should govern romantic relationships. The first commandment (I am the Lord your God, who led you out of Egypt to be your God) teaches primacy--suitors should make sure their dates know they are a priority. The fourth commandment (remember the Sabbath) teaches readers to make dates special occasions. From the fifth commandment (honor thy father and mother), we learn to bring dates home to our folks for brunch or dinner and not to be afraid to ""parent"" our dates. Many of Boteach's observations are banal and oversimplified, and he assumes a world full of cookie-cutter men and women, the former commitment-phobic and the latter terrified. (See, for example, his suggestion that men single-mindedly try to get women into bed, and women naively assume that sex ""is a sure sign of love."") The ten commandments are an innovative scrim before this otherwise predictable relationship manual. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/03/2000
Release date: 01/01/2000
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-7679-0560-2
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