The Jewish Wedding Now

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. I don’t have any weddings in sight – my children are married and I’ve been married for 43 years myself. Nevertheless, I loved reading Anita Diamant’s The Jewish Wedding Now. I’m most interested of course in interfaith couples, and highly recommend The New Jewish Wedding to […]

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The Interfaith Marriage Debate Escalates

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. There’s been an explosion of news and comment about intermarriage in the past 10 days. On June 11 I blogged about Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie’s big reveal that he would officiate for interfaith couples who were the modern-day equivalents of the ger toshav, the “resident alien” who […]

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Couples are marrying with or without us. Let’s help.

The debate in Jewish communities about interfaith marriage is heating up. Rabbis and Jewish professionals are arguing both sides and predicting the future of Judaism based on whether or not they will officiate at interfaith marriages. I’ve seen articles that talk about “caving on intermarriage” and “coming to terms with it” and “addressing the problem.” […]

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Weddings Speak To All of Us…And We’re Listening

Recently I attended a long-time friend’s Conservative Jewish wedding, and the event found me reflecting on my own interfaith wedding, now ten years in the past. The  wedding took place in the Conservative synagogue she’d attended since her bat mitzvah, a large, well-appointed synagogue outside a major East-Coast city. The ceremony started in the traditional […]

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Why We Break the Glass at Jewish Weddings

What is this breaking the glass thing all about? One of the most recognizable traditions in a Jewish wedding, signaling the end of the ceremony and time to rejoice, many of us don’t actually know the meaning behind breaking the glass. This is partly because there is no one definition of this ritual. There are […]

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Stop Worrying About Your Future Grandchildren That Aren’t

In this Q&A from the Seesaw, an engaged couple receives heavy questioning about their future kids from future in-laws.

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What to Expect at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

What exactly does a Jewish wedding ceremony entail? What are the customs and how might they differ from couple to couple? For a quick primer on this subject, check out the video below from G-dcast. And if you want more specifics on Jewish wedding ceremonies for couples who come from different faith traditions, check out […]

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Wedding/Bar Mitzvah Gift Giving Tips

The summer months are usually filled with life cycle events and celebrations, especially weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. It can be a challenge to find the perfect gift for the couple or young person, especially if you want to give something Jewish and are not sure what might be appropriate or where to find a particularly […]

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East Coast Meets Midwest: Ryan and Lisa's Wedding Blog Introduction

Welcome. Shalom. My name is Ryan Mount and I am a great story teller, but as far as writing goes, this is new ground. Ring-bear with me while I try to introduce myself. (Please excuse the How I Met Your Mother jokes and references; it has been a favorite of Lisa, my fiancé, and became a […]

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When did I know Sam was "the one"?

Just like all beginning relationships, I had plenty of questions. “Will he still like me if I eat three burgers for dinner?” “Will my parents and siblings like him?” “Will his parents and siblings like me?” “Will we get along with each other’s friends?” “Will he be ok with my Catholicism?” At first, these questions […]

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