Wedding

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 […]