Weddings & Marriage

Summer Lovin’-Valentine’s Day Edition- Paul & Shari

PAUL & SHARI ISSERLESWhen/how/where at camp did you meet? The summer of 1994 was the first summer that we were both ...

Just Your Typical Egyptian Mexican American Jew

It is interesting to grow up in an old world family with new world ideas. My childhood dinners were created ...

Interfaith or Multicultural? Words Matter at a Wedding

Young statisticians in love. Can you imagine their wedding? If you do, please don’t imagine anything stuffy or stilted. Because ...

The Halakhic Prenup: Embracing Religious Tension

I spent the last two years learning in a beit midrash (Jewish hall of study) in Israel. My beit midrash ...

Tu B’Av, Love Yourself Challenge

Last night marked the beginning of the holiday of Tu B’Av. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. ...

Tu B’Av and Saying YES to love

Dear Rabbi,I’m getting married! And I’m wondering if you’ll officiate. The wedding will be before sunset on Saturday and, well, ...

Mother and Daughter Reflect on their First Mikveh Experience

BrendaIn August last year the eldest of our three daughters was married to her long time boyfriend that she met ...

What Should Be At the Top of Your Pre-Wedding To-Do List?

There I was. Twenty years old, newly engaged, and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world! I had a ...

Judaism for Singles or for Families?

I’m getting married next week. Most of the wedding planning is done (but, oy, the table assignments, they continue to ...

Confronting the Awkwardness of Separating During Niddah

The most recent episode of “The Joy of Text” podcast featured a discussion on the time period when couples are ...

Prepare, Otherwise We Might Just Miss It

I have felt particularly blessed lately. I just celebrated 10 years of service at my congregation. Thankfully, these 10 years have been ...