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  • Married couples’ contract ensures they can divorce fairly

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    "I don’t get a rose until I sign,” Esther Macner said, as she and her husband, Chaim Plotzker, sat with a notary and reviewed a two-page postnuptial agreement document that set rules for them in the event of a future divorce.

    Macner and Plotzker were among the 82 couples who...

  • On a Birthright trip, love is born

    2 weeks ago

    Sagi Alkobi almost didn’t go on the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.

    It was August 2008, and the then-20-year-old student at The City University of New York had applied months in advance to participate in the educational tour of Israel for young Jewish adults. But a problem with...

  • Ensuring the spirit of halachic marriage

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    April 9, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    Each time we hear of yet another heart-wrenching and infuriating agunah story, we tend to point an accusing finger at the Jewish legal system that has created these circumstances, in which spiteful, angry husbands can cynically abuse the divorce laws to extort and torment their...

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  • Egalitarian marriages and sex

    By Dennis Prager

    February 20, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    Two weeks ago, the New York Times Magazine published a 6,000-word article, “Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?” by Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb. It challenges some of the most preciously held ideas of feminism and progressivism.

    In a nutshell, her...

  • Israeli couples say ‘I don’t’ to Orthodox Jewish weddings

    November 20, 2013 | 9:01 am

    For most Israelis in the Jewish state, there is one legal way to get married - God's way.

    Israeli law empowers only Orthodox rabbis to officiate at Jewish weddings, but popular opposition is growing to this restriction and to what some Israelis see as an Orthodox stranglehold on...

  • Hearts remarried

    November 13, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Marriage means so much, to all of us. Including to unmarried people. We all want to live paired up, don’t we? To die not alone? What’s sadder than a grave all by its lonesome? Two side by side, we feel we can protect each other through all eternity. 

    Marriage is also the inner...

  • Knesset approves marriage registration reform law

    October 28, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    The Knesset approved the so-called Tzohar Law, which would allow couples to choose the city in which to register their marriage.

    The law passed its second and third readings Monday evening, over the objections of the country’s two chief rabbis, by a vote of 57 to 14, with one...

  • How to buy the best diamond wedding ring for your buck

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 23, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    When Jeremy Ziskind of Pico-Robertson proposed last year to his then-girlfriend, Allyson Marcus, he had a basic idea of what kind of engagement ring he would give his future wife.

    “Allyson told me pretty early on in our relationship that she loved the idea of a heart-shaped...

  • Letters to the Editor: Judaism in Poland, Jewish values and cleaning up Mount Zion

    October 23, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Judaism in Poland

    I want to thank and congratulate you for again getting it right (“It’s Warsaw, Jake,” Oct. 18). It’s amazing what happens when power and authority are motivators. Since the Twarda has dealt with only the Orthodox community under Rabbi Michael Schudrich for...

  • Writing your perfect wedding speech

    October 22, 2013 | 11:13 am

    You’re getting married! He finally popped the question: “Will you sign the prenup here and here?”  

    Oh, and he asked The Big One, too. Since you said yes, Vera Wang has been gowning, Jimmy Choo, shoeing. Mothers have been kvelling. Daddies have been liquidating portfolios — and...

  • How to avoid making your wedding day one to forget

    October 22, 2013 | 10:29 am

    It’s no secret that all the planning and decisions required to pull off a wedding can cause stress and worry. From flower designs to musical selections, there are a million things that might drive you meshugge.

    But that doesn’t mean you have to accept that there will be...

  • Outmoded divorce law a real shandah

    October 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The FBI arrested two prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbis and two of their associates overnight Oct. 9 in New York. Allegedly, these rabbis arranged back-alley beatings for men who refuse to divorce their wives. Understanding their alleged crimes requires a short background in Jewish...

  • Gay candidate blazes new trail in Israel mayoral race

    October 15, 2013 | 12:49 pm

    As a candidate to become the Middle East's first openly gay mayor, Nitzan Horowitz is hoping his bid to run Israel's famously liberal city of Tel Aviv will help homosexuals across a region where they are widely frowned upon.

    The left-wing legislator is not predicted to defeat the...

  • Married and dating: Polyamorous Jews share love, seek acceptance

    October 10, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    Bud Izen wasn't prepared for the reaction he received the first time he brought his two girlfriends with him to synagogue in Eugene, Ore.

    The rabbi stopped the trio in the parking lot outside the synagogue and grilled Izen’s partners about whether or not they were really Jewish....

  • Marry young

    By Dennis Prager

    October 9, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    I know the arguments that people give for delaying marriage: 

    “I’m not ready.”

    “I need to be financially secure first.”

    “Right now, I’m preoccupied with ____” (fill in the blank).

    “To tell you the truth, I’m having too much fun to settle down.” (This argument is usually...

  • Melissa Gorga of RHONJ – a Book Review

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    Like most Housewives of Everywhere, Melissa Gorga is milking her 15 minutes to make as much money as she can before pop culture kicks her to the curb and forgets about her.  From her “singing” career, to her new book, this woman is doing her thing. She is doing it badly, but still,...

  • At long last, lasting love

    By Elyse Glickman

    September 18, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Encino lawyer Jeremy Karpel’s home has an art gallery feel to it, with an eclectically decorated living room spilling out into an elegantly landscaped yard. During one recent weekend, it was the perfect backdrop for a party commemorating his grandparents’ anniversary, filled with...

  • Married, but not in Israel

    September 18, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Located in the eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus feels very familiar to Israelis, due to its warm climate, arid stretches of mountainous land filled with olive trees and beautiful beaches.

    Not a bad place for a wedding, right?

    Every year, according to Israel’s Central...

  • Rosanna Arquette gets married

    August 21, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Mazel tov to Rosanna Arquette and her brand-new husband, investment banker Todd Morgan.

    The two were married Sunday in a private family ceremony in Malibu, a rep for the Jewish actress told Us Weekly. According to another source guests included Barbra Streisand.

    Arquette is best known for her roles in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Pulp Fiction,” but you may have seen her more recently on this last season of “Girls” as Jessa’s dad’s hippy girlfriend.

    This is her fourth marriage.

  • A short history of Jewish intermarriage

    August 8, 2013 | 11:45 am

    JTA’s Uriel Heilman reported this week on the continuing evolution of Jewish attitudes toward intermarriage. After the clarion call of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey showed a 52 percent intermarriage rate among American Jews, Jewish groups poured millions into...

  • DOMA and same-sex marriage- why Israel is not next in line?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    A few months ago, I read that a group of MK's from the coalition calls for a bill to determine Israel as Jewish first, and democratic second. Now the vote is closer than ever, as newspapers in Israel are filled with opinion columns and updates, and the fear of the bill's passing is...

  • Jewish values dictate protecting gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    In the early 1970s, while I was CEO of the Seagram Company, public dialogue about gay rights was largely nonexistent in corporate America. Social discourse had not yet even evolved into the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ethos that dominated the following decades. Homosexuality was simply...

  • Los Angeles rabbis respond to Supreme Court rulings

    June 26, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The Jewish Journal invited rabbis from throughout Los Angeles to contribute their thoughts and reactions to the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. The following is a sampling of what we have received and we will be adding more as we receive more responses.


    Rabbi Ken...

  • AJWS president Ruth Messinger applauds Supreme Court ruling on DOMA & Prop 8

    June 26, 2013 | 9:03 am

    American Jewish World Service President Ruth Messinger released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to marriage equality.

    “We applaud today’s historic decisions by the Supreme Court to strike down discriminatory laws as a major victory...

  • Supreme Court issues two major rulings expanding gay rights

    June 26, 2013 | 8:24 am

    The Supreme Court upheld the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

    The first of two rulings Wednesday struck down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which mandated that federal laws abide by a definition of marriage as a...

  • Enlightening Television

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 11, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    I watch a good amount of TV, probably more than I should. Still, it's rare for an episode of a show I watch to linger in my mind and heart, but that happened last night and continued into today. My wife and I have been working our way through Enlightened, the...

  • Fighting the Monotony

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 4, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    Every parent’s dream, a free babysitter we trust, was available to us, and we didn’t know what to do. With my mom in town this past weekend, my wife, Sarah, and I had earmarked Sunday as a date night; the only problem was that we didn’t know what to do. Our...

  • Dear Dr.L

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    May 30, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    Dear Dr.L- your real questions answered thoroughly by your devoted Sex & Relationship Counselor Dr.Limor.

    All questioners should be addressed to 

    Doctorlimor@gmail.com

     

    Dear Dr.L ,

    Thank you for answering our questions and for caring, I appreciate it!

    My name is Ron,...

  • What I Married Into

    May 29, 2013 | 4:54 pm

    Salt into meat
    browned briefly.
     
    Carrots, paprika, potatoes.
    As it is written on her greased page.
     
    I sing Dayenu, improvise verses
    as I churn the soup.
     
    Meal of bitter herbs I married
    into. Chopped apples and cinnamon.
     
    Matzos wrapped in linen.
    Silver...
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