When a wedding couple chooses to marry in the synagogue, they make a powerful statement about the path they envision for themselves and their life together. The synagogue becomes “home base,” and the bimah becomes a launching pad for a lifetime of sacred moments.
It’s almost irresistibly tempting to hold your ceremony outdoors. The beauty of the creation inspires us to connect to the Creator, and, as our breath is taken away by the spectacular scenery, we enter the ceremony with a heightened sense of awe and peace.
According to the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium, research has shown that the best time to get tested is during engagement, and that learning about screening from a rabbi or cantor during premarital counseling sessions is the most effective way to encourage the couple to go.
Whether your dream to is to walk down the aisle to Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé’s “Perfect” duet or a classical composition is more your style, the music you select – whether live or pre-recorded – for your wedding day can set the tone (pun intended!) and help make it wholly your own.
With your wedding day fast approaching and everything seemingly happening all at once, it can be all too easy to overlook small, but crucial details. Designated helpers and a plan of action, as well as checklists, will help ensure all your preparations come together beautifully for your wedding.
At Jewish welcoming ceremonies for babies, the traditional blessing for parents is that they should merit to raise their child to a life of Torah (Jewish learning), chuppah (the wedding canopy), and maasim tovim (good deeds). Now, having reached the occasion of chuppah, I orchestrate a ritual moment, inviting parents to bless their child and their child’s beloved.
Because every family has its own culture, every marriage is a merger of cultures and traditions. Here are 10 ways you can recognize and honor both partners’ backgrounds in your wedding ceremony and celebration. Although compiled with interfaith couples in mind, these ideas can enrich the wedding day of any couple.
Not every day in the life of a rabbi is as busy as today was for me, but days like this one remind me why I love my job. The day included teaching in our congregation’s religious school, leading the conversion of a six-month-old baby, participating in an interfaith dialogue group, and officiating at a wedding.
The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If any men or women explicitly utter a nazirite’s vow, to set themselves apart for the Eternal,they shall abstain from wine and any other intoxicant." - Numbers 6:1-2