A Jewish Wedding for a Catholic Girl

A Jewish Wedding for a Catholic Girl

I was raised Catholic. I have received sacraments in the Catholic Church including Baptism, Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation. While spirituality has always been an important part of my life, it has been a part of me that I have kept more reserved. As I grew through adolescence and into adulthood, the thought of marrying […]

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How to Include Everyone in Our Jewish-Mexican Wedding

How to Include Everyone in Our Jewish-Mexican Wedding

By Hila Ratzabi Photos by Rachel Eliza Griffiths When José and I first started dating, my Jewish parents were not pleased. Though my mom is fairly liberal, some instinct flared up in her that has roots in centuries of Jewish fear of disappearance. Though that fear has lessened over the decades for many Jewish families, particularly […]

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When S**t Got Real

All the wedding planning up until now was smooth. It felt like a dream, somewhere between a fairytale type of dream and the feeling of being separated from reality. Like those moments when you first fall asleep and can’t decide whether you are awake. At some point, I should have pinched myself to see if […]

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The DIY Conundrum

Our wedding is three-and-a-half months away (yay!) and we have a lot to do. We checked off the major items and now we must decide on the smaller pieces. Should we do those things ourselves or hire professionals? The invitations, the honeymoon, and more—these are things we could design, plan and book ourselves if we […]

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A Rabbi, a Puppy, a Catholic and a Jew Walk into a Bar

A rabbi, a puppy, a Catholic and a Jew walk into a bar… Sounds like the setup for a bad joke, right? Much the opposite. It was a brainstorming session for incorporating religious traditions and the things we love into our wedding ceremony. Jose and I joined a reform synagogue last year—Rodeph Shalom on Broad […]

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Anything Can Happen When You Win a Free Wedding!

“I am excited to let you know that you and Jose have been selected as the winners for the wedding at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel!” Wait, what? Let me read that again. We won a wedding?  Jose and I let out squeals of joy, called our families and started to hold on tight for what would inevitably […]

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Why I #ChooseLove: In Sickness & In Health

I’ve been absent from the IFF blog for the past month or so, dealing with some health issues that kept me a bit too busy for wedding planning—or reflecting. While I’ve dealt with doctor’s appointments and missed deadlines at work, I’ve had a mental image of a calendar with pages flying by—each representing a day […]

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A Roze(nsky) By Any Other Name

In 2011, TheKnot.com surveyed almost 20,000 newlywed women. They found that only 8 percent kept their last names. Of the remaining 92 percent, 86 percent took their partner’s last name. Six percent hyphenated or created a new last name. While I’ve seen other studies that show the percentage of women who keep their last names […]

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How I Found The Gown

Just like my guy, my wedding dress found me in a weird unexpected way that, despite having watched more episodes of Say Yes To The Dress than I can count, took me by surprise. My mother had saved her wedding dress in case I wanted to wear it at my wedding, and I promised her […]

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Being of Service During Your Services

One aspect to my spiritual life and was instilled into me by my original mentor and many who came after, was to be of service. In the beginning I took the suggestions that being of service meant giving someone a ride if they needed it. Or if someone was struggling it meant to stop and […]

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