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

Marriages Made in the Mountains

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First kisses, midnight swims at the lake, meaningful looks across the dining hall, tears at the end of the summer. Camp romances can be intense. For some couples, campfire sparks fly long after the season ends. The bonds between summer campers are so strong, in fact, that it isn’t unusual to find couples whose camp… Read More

Hope Blumenthal

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Pikesville High alumni Hope Blumenthal (nee Gumnitzky) met her husband, Toby, through mutual friends the summer before her junior year of college at the University of Maryland. A Northern Virginia native, he was a student at Towson University. After dating for four years, Toby and Hope were married at Temple Oheb Shalom in May 2004…. Read More

Bridesmaids

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Bridesmaid dresses. For generations those two words have caused cringing from any woman familiar with the over-the-top — and far too often taffeta — tradition. What seems, by most accounts, to have begun as a superstitious way for medieval brides to confuse bad spirits with a gaggle of women dressed in matching dresses, has transformed… Read More