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Although German composer Jakob Felix Mendelssohn’s wedding march is rarely heard at Jewish weddings, it is perfect for them.

Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx
Royal wedding cookies on a plate with the British flag in the background

My take away from the royal wedding: Despite the differences religions sometimes emphasize, a better future lies among the values, hopes, and aspirations we humans share.

Kerry Leaf
Triangular British bunting/flags in foreground; out-of-focus garden party in background

Growing up in Canada, Victoria Day signaled the start of the summer season. This year, the long weekend also will mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Closeup of a bride and groom holding hands with a bouquet of wedding flowers on the table next to them

The rabbi gives you a blessing, you exchange rings, you kiss, you party. How hard could it be? Harder than we thought, it turns out.

Moriah Benjoseph
Two gold wedding band lying atop the spine of an open book with a heart shaped shadowed on the pages beneath them

After the ceremony,  Israeli after Israeli came to me to say, "So this is what Progressive Judaism looks like? How do I learn more?"

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
White cloth chuppah with Jewish star in the background

Thousands of Israelis marry in pluralistic ceremonies that are unrecognized by the State of Israel. These couples remain legally single in the eyes of Israeli authorities.

Yonatan Melamed
CLoseup of two young and cleancut men in suits with bowties as though at their wedding

How might we approach Pride with the same intentionality with which we approach a wedding?

Rabbi Karen Perolman
Tallit (prayer shawl) as chuppah (wedding canopy) in the woods

The day the Israelites stood at the foot of Mount Sinai, preparing to encounter God, is understood in midrash as the day of marriage between God and the Jewish people.

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis
Bride and groom forming heart with their hands

In Israel, marriage and divorce are under the jurisdiction of the officially sanctioned Orthodox chief rabbinate and its representatives. Where does this policy leave Reform Jews?

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
Bride and groom holding hands but faces arent visible

As I plan my wedding, I'm surprised by how often I've been asked whether my fiancé and I will be having a Jewish wedding. Here are some of the Jewish elements we're planning to incorporate into our big day.

Kate Bigam

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