In the United States, the bride's family's obligations tend to end with the wedding, notes Avissar.
In Israel, parents tend to provide financial help "on what seems to be an ongoing and permanent basis." Since learning is a two-way street, intercultural marriages often have an enviable richness.
I cannot really understand why Arabs and Jews cannot live together peacefully." Another difference in these intercultural marriages is the way each partner perceives his or her Jewishness.
Like many Israelis who are "secular" Jews, the fact that his country is a Jewish state is enough.
"The fact that I'm not Israeli gives them a wedge for reminding me that I don't really know how things are done here," she says .
She points to her son's brit as a typical example of the difference between American and Israeli cultures.
For what it’s worth, the research indicates women are looking for “man-like” behavior early in dating.
Get The Start-Up Israel's Daily Start-Up by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up The research is not definitive.
It points to tendencies among members of a specific group — university students — and the results are possible trends, not absolute predictors.