Take 2 How Jews juggle the various challenges of second marriages

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Mazal tov! You’re getting married … again. Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, a certified practitioner in Imago Relationship Therapy and author of “The Marriage Restoration Project: The Five Step Plan to Saving Your Marriage,” notes that around 50 percent of married adults in America get divorced at least once, meaning the likelihood of being a stepparent is… Read More

Looking Good Wedding gown styles for the Jewish bride in 2015

With the spring and summer months being the most popular time of year for weddings, many brides are now beginning to search for their ideal gown. “Today’s modern wedding gowns appear to be trending toward more simplistic and classic silhouettes, while elaborate and luxurious fabrics, laces, and adornments are becoming more significant in the design,”… Read More

Blessed Beginnings Where to say ‘I do’ in Israel

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With destination weddings a popular option of late, why not tie the proverbial knot in Israel? It turns out that this tiny country (roughly the size of New Jersey) has it all: natural beauty, scrumptious food and fine wines, affordable facilities to rent and the magical ambiance of starting your life together in the Jewish… Read More

Get Real Get Married

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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… Read More

Five Facts about Being Married

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• 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… Read More

The Art of the Best-Man Speech

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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… Read More

Four Little Words

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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… Read More

Go with the Flow

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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… Read More

Kinderkool: Good looks for the little ones

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Created with flickr slideshow. Kids — they look great no matter what they put on! Even so, parents and grandparents can’t help but kvell when they see their little ones dressed to the nines. Spring weddings, graduations and b’nai mitzvah parties mean the younger set will be needing some fashionable new duds. No worries! Finding… Read More

How Jewish Geography Can Lead to a Great Jewish Wedding

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One of my favorite Jewish geography stories involves my wedding. At the time of my engagement about 20 years ago, my then fiance and I were living in Brooklyn Heights. Growing up in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., I had always imagined my wedding at a historic mansion in one of the Hudson River towns about 10 minutes… Read More