July 10, 2011

“It’s MY wedding!” The bride, groom and their parents plan a wedding.

Mother and father of the bride – in years gone by. Years ago, the father of the bride ‘gave his daughter away’ and sent her off into the world with her new husband who was going to become the new protector and provider.   The mother of the bride took responsibility for organizing the celebration and gave her daughter an appropriate ‘send off’. The bride’s mother probably imagined the sort of […]
July 7, 2011

Planning a wedding? Now’s the time for Jewish life consulting!

Your personal guide for a life cycle event – JLife Consulting When I was planning my wedding a few years back, even though I was pretty Jewishly literate, I realized how much there was to learn about the myriad of rituals that surrounded the ceremony.  What are the sheva brachot (7 blessings) really about and how can they hold modern meaning for me today?  And what about all of those […]
April 13, 2011

Free and Fanstastically helpful wedding planner checklist!

Your wedding day is probably one of the most important days of your life,  and you don’t want to forget anything!  If you have one year, one week or one day left until your wedding it’s a good idea to use our tried, tested and highly acclaimed wedding planner checklist!
April 13, 2011

Is married life the easy life?

Based on an article by Rabbi David Clyman from Aish It’s is a myth that single life is hard, and married life is easy, the reality is that to get married and to stay happily married, entails hard work.  Ultimately in every marriage there will be painful issues to work out and disagreements are inevitable. Seeking pleasure Most people seek a pleasurable life. But often real pleasures have a price […]
April 13, 2011

Jewish engagement: combat or contract?

The decision for a couple to get engaged and make the ultimate commitment to each other is probably the most important step of their lives. From the moment two people decide to marry, spend the rest of their lives together and God willing raise a family and create a home, the direction their individual lives take changes forever. It is not just that now each partner surely has to reconsider […]
April 13, 2011

Signing with Love on Jewish prenuptial agreements

The modern prenuptial agreement was developed in order to safeguard the rights of the married women, and it makes provisions for the possibility of divorce. By setting up the rules prior to the marriage in the form of a monetary contract, both spouses have an interest to negotiate a divorce in a dignified manner and thus get-refusal is discouraged. There are a number of different versions in America, Israel and […]
April 13, 2011

Breaking plates can be fun – the tena’im ceremony

Tena’im  is the Hebrew word for “conditions”.  This ceremony refers to a contract setting out the terms of the marriage. The Tena’im ceremony dates back to the third century C.E and it represents a mutual agreement between the bride and groom’s parents.  It concerns the date and financial arrangements of the marriage. Often, the signing of the “contract” is accompanied by an engagement party for the couple and their parents. […]
April 13, 2011

Having a little “vort” with you!

A vort is a traditional engagement party, the Yiddish word “vort”  means “word.  This is the name of the ceremony because we celebrate the engagement of a Jewish couple by sharing words of inspiration and Torah. Usually someone close to the couple: a Rabbi, family member or friend is asked to share some meaningful words. Often the person inspires them with a beautiful idea or lesson from the Torah about […]