Standing in Two Worlds with Doctor Sam Juni -Episode 14 - Extending the Stressful Marriage or Divorce

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With divorce rates spiking world-wide during the Pandemic, including the Orthodox Jewish world, Rabbi Kivelevitz asks the professor his views on sustaining a married relationship.

The Rabbi outlines the roots of marriage as stemming from a confluence of a gender-rooted and role-differentiated efficient arrangement intertwined with a Divinely designed living ideal.

Doctor Juni analyzes the contrasting implications of religiously mandated marriage, divorce taboos, and clashes of personal interest / styles / objectives among marital partners. Recounting anecdotal and clinical episodes, Dr. Juni illustrates different levels of emotional connectedness and personal relatedness among ethnic subgroups – particularly among Hareidi and fundamental religious movements. He explores the benefits of divorce, while arguing that even the “amicable divorce” is a damaging experience to children.

The pair are careful not to downplay the negative repercussions of toxic marriages, stressing that a balance of benefits and losses needs to be evaluated by each individual based on their values and personality.

Juni sidesteps questions of “oughts” and “should” while staunchly promoting the positive and mental health benefits of being truthful with spouses and with oneself – even when these push marital dyads toward divorce, or persuade individuals to avoid marriage in the first place.


Doctor Samuel Juni is one of the foremost research psychologists in the world today.

He has published groundbreaking original research in seventy different peer reviewed journals, and is cited continuously with respect by colleagues and experts in the field who have built on his theories and observations.

Samuel Juni studied in Yeshivas Chaim Berlin under Rav Yitzchack Hutner, and in Yeshiva University as a Talmid of Rav Joseph Dov Soloveitchick.

Professor Juni is a prominent member of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, and has regularly presented addresses to captivated audiences.

Associated with NYU since 1979, Juni has served as Director of MA and PhD programs, all the while heading teams engaged in important research.

Professor Juni's scholarship on aberrant behavior across the cultural, ethnic, and religious spectrum is founded on psychometric methodology and based on a psycho-dynamic psychopathology perspective.

He is arguably the preeminent expert in Differential Diagnostics, with each of his myriad studies

entailing parallel efforts in theory construction and empirical data collection from normative and clinical populations.

Professor Juni created and directed NYU's Graduate Program in Tel Aviv titled Cross-Cultural Group Dynamics in Stressful Environments.

Based in Yerushalayim, he collaborates with Israeli academic and mental health specialists in the study of dissonant factors and tensions in the Arab-Israeli conflict and those within the Orthodox Jewish community, while exploring personality challenges of second-generation Holocaust survivors.

Below is a partial list of the journals

to which Professor Juni has contributed over 120 articles.

Many are available on line


Journal of Forensic Psychology

Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

International Review of Victimology

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

International Forum of Psychoanalysis

Journal of Personality Assessment

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology

Psychophysiology

Psychology and Human Development

Journal of Sex Research

Journal of Psychology and Judaism

Contemporary Family Therapy

American Journal on Addictions

Journal of Criminal Psychology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture


As Rosh Beis Medrash, Rabbi Avraham Kivelevitz serves as Rav and Posek for the morning minyan at IDT.

Hundreds of listeners around the globe look forward to his weekly Shiur in Tshuvos and Poskim.

Rav Kivelevitz is a Maggid Shiur for Dirshu International in Talmud and Halacha as well as a Dayan with the Beth Din of America.

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