Weddings & Marriage

Twin Girls Born in a Nightmare

An unexpected house guest arrived at our home in Israel two weeks, right off the plane from America. A woman ...

No Room at the Inn for Interfaith Weddings?

I officiate at a lot of weddings. Many of those ceremonies are between a Jewish partner and a partner of ...

Doctors and Matchmakers: A More Perfect Union?

Everybody wants the best for their children, especially when it comes to marriage. The choice of a spouse by a ...

Our Love Party: Inviting Community When Family Won’t Come

My Orthodox Jewish self, my fear and shame, my internalized homophobia could not fathom a way of bringing my relationship with my religion and my understanding of what God wants for me into marriage with a woman. It has taken me years of being out and going through heartbreak and growth to be in the place that I believe that God wants to be involved in my marriage to Mary. In order to be married in an authentic way, I need both my religious self and my queer self to be there.

What We Are Not Asking When We Talk About Intermarriage

Monday in the JTA, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom published an op-ed in which he argued that it was time that Conservative rabbis officiate ...

International Agunah Day: Taking Matters into Our Own Hands

The agunah problem has not gone away. Every so often it rears its ugly head and we witness yet another ...

From Facebook Likes to Real-World Love

Their love was evident to everyone who was there on that beautiful day in October when Yechochanan and Aminah Perkins ...

Why I Co-Officiate Interfaith Marriages

The most popular days to get engaged are Christmas (and I assume Hanukkah!), New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day. That ...

Planning My Southern Jewish Wedding

Planning a wedding is quite a feat. A fun, exciting, thrilling, crazy feat…but a feat nonetheless. Especially when you’re planning ...

Voting with Our Feet: Heeding the Call of ORA’s Rabbi Jeremy Stern

Rabbi Jeremy Stern, who serves as the Executive Director of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) recently penned ...

Can I Hear You Now?

“When the reception goes down, the volume goes up.” These were the sage words of one of my honored teachers ...

Intermarriage Is a Scapegoat

“My son-in-law is so lovely, and he and my daughter are very happy, and I’m happy for them. But he’s ...