April 13, 2011

Your Jewish wedding day customs

The Jewish wedding day can be the happiest day of your life.  It is also considered one of the holiest days.  It represents the moment before the Bride and Groom are about to end the first part of their life, and embark on the next part.  The Rabbi’s compare it to a personal Yom Kippur, a day of retrospection and a day when all the bride and groom’s past mistakes […]
April 13, 2011

The Jewish wedding ceremony 101

Kabbalat Panim The wedding celebrations open with a reception called “Kabbalat Panim’ during which both the bride and groom are greeted by family and friends. It is customary for the bride and groom to sit separately in adjoining rooms because they have     often had no contact for a week prior to the wedding and it is only at the huppa that they meet again. This separation period prior to the […]
April 13, 2011

Text for sheva brachot blessings

ברוך אתה ה’ אלהינו מלך העולם, בורא פרי הגפן . Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha‑olam, bo’re p’ri hagafen. Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.”   ברוך אתה ה’ אלהינו מלך העולם, שהכל ברא לכבודו. Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha‑olam shehakol bara lichvodo. Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who […]
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

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. […]