Should my spouse be my best friend and should
friends tell each other the harsh truths? Greco-Romans and Rabbis have much to
say about male friendship which can be applied to contemporary marital
counseling. The Rabbis promote shalom bayit (domestic tranquility) but Hillel
and Shammai debate whether honesty or discrete lies are the best policy. Rabbi
tales about spousal conversations are fascinating test-cases for disagreements
about marital life.