Your rabbi will ask you to bring a bottle of kosher white wine to the wedding. No, s/he’s not planning on drinking a few l’chayims with you. The wine is for the blessings under the chuppah (wedding canopy). It doesn’t need to be the best vintage, just white and kosher. Why white wine? During the ceremony, if the wine spills, splashes or splatters, and a drop or two lands on your dress, your gown won’t be ruined. Why kosher wine? This is your big, Jewish day. It’s a Je
Lots of questions typically arise concerning wedding rings. Let’s be clear: only in traditional Jewish circles must your ring must be made of gold, be unadorned, round and simple. You see, the wedding ring is viewed in the traditional Jewish context as a form of “consideration.” Consideration is something of value given by one or both parties that induces them to enter into an agreement, in this case an agreement to marry. So in a traditional Jewish context the value of t
A couple recently challenged the traditional Jewish wedding vows. Recited during the ring exchange under the chuppah (wedding canopy), the groom makes this vow to his bride: Harei at mekudeshet li betaba’at zo k’dat Moshe v’Israel—typically translated as, "By this ring, you are consecrated to me (as my wife) in accordance with the laws of Moses and the people of Israel." Rachel and Matthew had a visceral reaction to this traditional vow. "He's not going to say that to me.
Your wedding day, glorious as it was, is now behind you. Family and friends still talk about your special day, bringing a smile, warmth and even a glow to your face. Still, everyday life edges out those loving and sacred moments, at least on most weekdays. You’re newlyweds. What now? How do you make certain that everyday life doesn’t totally eclipse the joy and wonder of that first day together? Here’s some advice for you newlyweds. Most clergy meet with couples at leas