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May 8, 2014

By Aleeza Ben Shalom, Soft cover, 131 pages: self-published In her new how-to guide, Aleeza Ben Shalom, who calls herself the “Marriage Minded Mentor,” provides advice and an action plan that will enable Jews looking for marriage to “get over their hurdles and under the chuppah.” The book helps readers to evaluate what they want CONTINUE »

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May 8, 2014

• A 2014 study by researchers from New York University’s Langone Medical Center that looked at more than 3.5 million men and women found that married people have a significantly decreased risk of heart disease. • Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman and his team studied 107 married couples for three weeks and found CONTINUE »

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Pressure is just part of maneuvering through this delicate endeavor
BY Marc Shapiro
May 8, 2014

The best man can’t just rattle off a few jokes, say something sentimental and call it a day. A great speech has the best man playing part stand-up comedian, part best friend, part couple historian and part master of ceremonies. I called several of my friends to reflect on their best-man speeches and drew on CONTINUE »

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What’s in a proposal?
BY Simone Ellin
May 8, 2014

On March 31, Opening Day for the 2014 Major League Baseball season, a website called swimmingly.com provided lovers who might be considering proposing to their significant others with some news they could use. Swimmingly.com published the rates for scoreboard marriage proposals for all 30 major league teams. Sadly, the Orioles don’t offer the service. But CONTINUE »

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Ritual bath connects couples to tradition without making a splash
BY David Holzel
May 8, 2014

A few days before their wedding in January, Lila Miller and Jonathan Toub went to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., and, in separate ceremonies, immersed themselves in the synagogue’s mikvah, or ritual bath. “It was a nice pause before the wedding, says Miller, 27, a program associate for the Schusterman Foundation. Immersion in the CONTINUE »