September 27, 2011

A guide to Jewish wedding dancing!

The Jewish wedding is a real Simcha – a joyful occasion – and it is even considered a mitzvah for the guests to add even more joy to the happiness of the bride and groom on their wedding day.  Since the earliest of times, the Jewish people have celebrated special moments in song and dance, and Jewish weddings are no exception. Jewish Circle Dancing and the Hora No Jewish wedding […]
August 3, 2011

Raise a Glass, Break a Glass; Canopy Customs

It is natural to want your wedding to be one of the most joyous occasions in your life. You are the most excited you have ever been and you want your happiness to infect your family and friends who are celebrating with you. There is so much effort and thought being put in to the planning to insure each guest has a wonderful time at your simcha so….. Why according […]
July 24, 2011

To Speak or not to Speak: A Wedding Question

Speeches at a wedding can be a source of entertainment and enjoyment, or they can be a source of sedation that puts your guests to sleep. Everyone wants their wedding to be a memorable occasion but not because their wedding holds the record for the most people in dinner jackets simultaneously snoring. There are loads of issues that need to be resolved when planning a wedding, for example finding the […]
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 […]
July 5, 2011

Chelsea Clinton’s Jewish wedding- ten facts you didn’t know!

It’s hard to miss the news that Chelsea Clinton and her new husband Marc Mezvinsky were wed this Saturday in Rhinebeck, and the media has also informed us that the wedding included a number of elements from a Jewish Wedding.  Yet, to date no one has explained to us what is the significance and meaning of the Jewish traditions at a Jewish Wedding.   Read on to discover what the Jewish […]
April 13, 2011

Planning a party in Israel – is it feasible?

Minor life-cycle celebrations are usually held at home. When it comes to more significant events, such as Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and golden anniversaries many Jews throughout America choose to celebrate in Israel. Their major desire is to achieve a personally meaningful experience, and also to support Israel, to cut down their guest list, to avoid social pressures and to minimize costs. Here are some points to consider when […]
April 13, 2011

Explaining the Ketuba:contract and blessing

  While the number of rituals for a Jewish wedding may seem countless, there are two that are essential – the erusin ceremony (in which the rings are exchanged) and the nesuin ceremony (in which the seven blessings are recited).  The first ceremony, constructed of nine simple Hebrew words, Harei at mkudeshet li b’taba’at zo, kdat moshe v’yisrael, translated as, “Behold, be consecrated to me according to the laws of […]
April 13, 2011

The Jewish wedding dictionary

Chatan – groom Kallah – bride Kittel – white garment that some grooms wear Kabbalat Panim – reception, takes place before the Chupa Tena’im – ceremony that takes place during the reception Badeken – the covering of the bride by a veil Birkat kallah – special prayer that bride says during the badeken, often it is written out decoratively and is displayed in the home Chuppah – the canopy Shehecheyanu […]
April 13, 2011

All about the Ketuba

— The wedding contract — A ketubah is a special legal document, the marriage contract, which is an integral part of a Jewish  wedding ceremony. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride. It was set up in ancient times by the Rabbis to protect the wife in case her husband died prematurely or divorced her in which case she would lose her financial […]