Weddings & Marriage

Why I Do Officiate at Intermarriages

It's important for the non-Jewish spouse to support the Jewish partner's religious identity, live in a Jewish home, and bring up Jewish children.

Updating the Traditional Jewish Wedding

The biggest motivator for change in Jewish wedding customs by liberal Jews has been egalitarianism.

Liturgy, Rituals and Customs of Jewish Weddings

The Jewish wedding is rich with ceremony, beginning with the announcement of intent to marry and ending with seven days of celebration.

The Ketubah, or Jewish Marriage Contract

The ketubah is an ancient contract delineating the obligations of the husband to his wife.

The Secret to a Fabulous Hora

How to ensure the traditional Jewish wedding dance is a continuous stream of joy, and not a log jam.

The Huppah (Chuppah): What You Need to Know

Learn the history and symbolism of the Jewish wedding canopy, and the various options for finding or making your own.

Mikveh Before the Wedding

The whys and hows of immersing in the Jewish ritual bath before going under the chuppah.

Judaism and Sexuality

Jewish tradition looks favorably on sex and sexuality, given certain conditions.

Hava Nagila’s Long, Strange Trip

The unlikely history of a Hasidic melody.

How Jewish LGBT Weddings May Improve Straight Ones

Heterosexual couples have much to learn from gay ones when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.

Alternative Bedeken Ceremonies

For some couples, the bedeken is a chance to set the mood for their wedding ceremony, often in a personalized way.