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Rabbinate Eases Wedding Regulations for Tzohar Rabbis

The Chief Rabbinate has released a new set of criteria for rabbis who can officiate weddings, indicating a breakthrough in the negotiations with the Tzohar movement, whose officials have long claimed that they are being discriminated against by Israel’s top religious authority. The new regulations make allowances for Religious-Zionist rabbis who have so far been [...]

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Non-Jewish Couples Embrace the Faith for Weddings

Jessie Engelman and her fiancé plan to wed later this year and sign a ketubah, the traditional Jewish marriage contract. But neither is Jewish, nor are they evangelical Christians looking to honor their biblical connections to the faith. More non-Jewish couples have embraced Jewish marriage rituals over the last decade. Some stomp a glass - [...]

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Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Is Drew Barrymore Jewish? The answer is that she currently is not, but she appears to be interested in converting to the Jewish faith. She is engaged to marry Will Kopelman this year. While many non-Jews preparing for conversion to Judaism reach out to rabbis or Jewish friends for guidance, Drew Barrymore has sought out [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 - November 30, 2011

Rabbi Yona Metzger announced the discovery of a special goose species that tastes like pork. This presented a culinary and halachic revolution, as it offered a solution that allows religious and traditional Jews to discover the taste of pork. Israeli producer Aviv Giladi is named the CEO of Icon UK, one of Hollywood’s largest production [...]

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Without the Rabbinate, I’ll thee wed

Without the Rabbinate, I'll thee wed

The people who attended Yehiel and Tamar’s wedding ceremony two and a half years ago thought they’d come to a typical wedding of a graduate of a hesder yeshiva (combining religious studies with military service ) and a graduate of a religious studies institute for women. The mesader kiddushin (officiating rabbi ) was a well-known [...]

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Jewish Ketubot for Christians

In the “wow we must be getting close to the age of redemption” story of the day, the Times reports that Christians are adopting Jewish marriage contracts in their wedding ceremonies. Christians Embrace a Jewish Wedding Tradition By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN In a San Antonio chapel last August, after reciting their wedding vows and exchanging [...]

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Tips in Welcoming Non-Jewish Guests to a Jewish Wedding

Are you having a Jewish wedding and inviting some non-Jewish friends over? Traditional Jewish weddings are in many ways different to other types of weddings so it is important to do every effort to make them feel comfortable during the occasion. Here are some tips to make your non-Jewish friends welcome during your Jewish wedding. [...]

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The Traditional Jewish Wedding Meal

As in other Jewish celebrations, Jewish weddings involve festive meals. The food served during the wedding reception will mainly depend on the ethnic origin and historical backgrounds of the Bride and Groom. Know your historical background. Ashkenazi Jews are of European origin and their menu traditionally composes of meats, roast potatoes and vegetables. Sephardic Jews, [...]

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Dancing in a Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings are festive occasions. Foods, drinks, music and dancing are all part of the festivities. Modern Jewish weddings choose to have secular bands playing for them. Traditional Jewish weddings on the other hand include Hora as their wedding dance. Enjoy your time as a guest in Jewish weddings with the following tips: In secular [...]

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Judge Kimba Wood Responds to Imbalanced Simchas for Jewish Babies

Judge Kimba Wood Responds to Imbalanced Simchas for Jewish Babies

In my second year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, I took a year-long seminar that focused on Jewish life-cycle observances. Of course, we covered all the basics like the bris, the Jewish wedding and the Jewish funeral. But we spent more time discussing life-cycle events that traditionally had been given short shrift. [...]

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700 Chuppas in New Jersey

700 Chuppas in New Jersey

11 couples celebrated their Jewish marriage ceremony Sunday with Bris Avrohom in New Jersey, at their annual gala dinner attended by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger. In a procession, they were led one by one from the hotel lobby of the Sheraton hotel in Parsippany, NJ. Surrounded by family, friends and supporters of Chabad they merged [...]

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Jewish Marriages

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would [...]

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Mitzvah Invitations – Planning in Advance

According to traditional Jewish traditions, the thirteen year old child who is still a fan of Saturday morning cartoons and is not even considering dating or driving anytime soon, is old enough to become a full fledged member of the Jewish congregation. Preparation for this mitzvah ceremony and celebration begins long before the child in [...]

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Traditional Jewish ceremonies

Baby naming ceremonies Every individual is born different. They say that no two individuals are alike, twins may look identical, but not everything about them is the same. But what’s special and unique about each and every one of us, is our names. One of the most exciting times for a parent is naming their [...]

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Jewish Marriage Tradition: The Seven Blessings

A traditional Jewish wedding includes the recitation of the Sheva Brachot. This is also known as birkot Nesium which are seven blessings for the couple as part of nissuin. These blessings are recited by a Hazzan or Rabbi or the wedding guests. This is said over a cup of wine which is passed to the [...]

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The 7 Jewish wedding blessing

These Blessings are very important part of a traditional Jewish wedding celebration. The 7 blessings were taken and adapted from ancient rabbinic teachings, it starts with the blessing said with a goblet of wine, and ending with the traditional breaking of a glass to remember that even during the happiest moments of  their life, they [...]

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How to Choose a Ketubah for a Jewish Wedding

Deciding on the right Ketubah for your wedding is a personal process. A Ketubah is a type of Jewish prenuptial agreement. The ketubah is an important part of a traditional Jewish wedding. Consult your wedding officiant for the choice of text (Orthodox or Conservative) . Decide on your budget and choose your ketubah. Visit your [...]

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How to Choose a Jewish Wedding Ring

Wedding rings play an important role in traditional Jewish weddings. A verbal wedding declaration is invalid without the wedding ring. A Jewish wedding ring must be made of solid gold. No holes should break the circle. This continuity symbolizes hope for an everlasting marriage. Learn more information about Jewish wedding rings. Know the history of giving [...]

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Rabbi co-officiates at Clinton wedding

Rabbi co-officiates at Clinton wedding

Chelsea Clinton was married under a chuppah in a ceremony co-officiated by a rabbi. Rabbi James Ponet, head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, was joined by Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister. Clinton and the groom, Marc Mezvinsky, reportedly were married under a chuppah, in a ceremony that featured friends [...]

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How to Plan a Jewish Wedding Meal

Just like any other celebration, a Jewish wedding culminates with a festive meal. The food that will be served will mainly depend on the historical background of the couple - Ashkenazi or Jews of European origin, and Sephardi or Jews of Middle Eastern , Spanish and Portuguese origin. Traditionally, kosher food is prepared for the Jewish [...]

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Tips for Creating a Huppah

A Huppah or Chuppah is a Jewish wedding canopy with a piece of cloth or any covering draped over four poles.  The Huppah represents the home that the couple will build. There are no Halakhic requirements as to how big it should be and how it should appear. However, it should be big enough for the bride and groom to [...]

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Steps to Dancing the Horah

Horah is a traditional dance in Jewish weddings, bat mitzvahs, and bar mitzvahs. Many Jews refer to it as the unofficial king of the Israeli folk dances. The Hora is originally a Romanian folk dance and was brought from Eastern Europe by Jewish immigrants. In the past Hora was danced in the Kibbutzim and small [...]

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Silver Kiddush Cup – The Highest Quality

No matter what type of Kiddush cup you are looking for, there are different features to begin your search, though.  Before when we were talking about wedding Kiddush cups, we touched on silver only briefly as well as other things like pewter and personalization.  It’s important to know what you should be looking for if [...]

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Honor Your Jewish Heritage with Decorative Kiddush Cups

Whether celebrating Shabbat, a wedding, or any of the Jewish holidays, the reciting of the Kiddush is an important part of the ceremony, so the Kiddush cup that is used should convey the proper respect and dignity that the ritual deserves. With so many styles available, choosing the perfect one is not always an easy [...]

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Silk Tallit – Give a Precious Gift That Will Be Remembered Forever!

A Jewish tallit, or prayer shawl, can be a beautiful expression of the Jewish faith, and a wonderful reminder of a special time or gift. Tradition strongly influences not only when one begins wearing a tallit to prayers, but how the tallit is made, how it is kept, and where one may wear it in [...]

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Miriam’s Well

Rituals for Jewish Women Around the Yearby Penina V Adelman A year long guide to women’s group celebration of Rosh Hodesh, the New Moon. Adelman develops a blend of new and traditional ritual, song, prayer, meditation and Midrash for each month, from themes linking the Jewish calendar with women’s spiritual and life cycle.This 10th anniversary [...]

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Women’s Siddur Ohel Sarah

The Klein Ed.- Hebrew/English - AshkenazEdited by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger The Klein Edition Siddur Ohel Sarah - The Women’s Siddur is in the spirit of the traditional unique Siddurim used by Jewish Women for generations. As a woman why would YOU want this Siddur?You get all the benefits of the Classic ArtScroll Siddur plus all [...]

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Women’s Siddur Ohel Sarah - Yerushalyim Leather

The Klein Ed.- Hebrew/English - Full Size - AshkenazEdited by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger The Klein Edition Siddur Ohel Sarah - The Women’s Siddur is in the spirit of the traditional unique Siddurim used by Jewish Women for generations. This beautiful tooled leather edition will become a cherished heirloom for generations. The front cover features the [...]

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Women’s Siddur Ohel Sarah Pocket Size

The Klein Ed.- Hebrew/English - AshkenazEdited by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger The Klein Edition Siddur Ohel Sarah - The Women’s Siddur is in the spirit of the traditional unique Siddurim used by Jewish Women for generations. As a woman why would YOU want this Siddur?You get all the benefits of the Classic ArtScroll Siddur plus all [...]

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Women’s Siddur Ohel Sarah Pocket Yerushalyim Leather

The Klein Ed.- Hebrew/English - AshkenazEdited by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger The Klein Edition Siddur Ohel Sarah - The Women’s Siddur is in the spirit of the traditional unique Siddurim used by Jewish Women for generations. This beautiful tooled leather edition will become a cherished heirloom for generations. The front cover features the Western Wall, the [...]

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