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  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

  • Love, Faith & Converting

    By Ilana Angel

    August 12, 2012 | 7:16 am

    I would like for my son to marry a nice Jewish girl.  It is important to me, and while I know some people think it is ridiculous, I will feel like a bit of a failure as a mother if he marries a woman who is of another faith.  Love is elusive and his happiness is the most important...

  • Divorce, Decisions, Heartbreak & Motherhood

    By Ilana Angel

    July 23, 2012 | 5:19 pm

    I have been divorced for 16 years.  I left my husband when my son was only a few months old and while it was very difficult, staying would have been harder.  I knew I needed to leave and if I hung on for my son he would not have been in a happy place.  In the end the marriage would...

  • The Dance of Love

    By Ilana Angel

    July 18, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    I have been dating a man for a little over four months.  By dating of course I mean I have been in a relationship.  From our first date there was a connection and we simply fell into a relationship without really dating.  It has been fun, effortless, complicated, and exhausting.  I...

  • Conversations From Twitter – Part 7

    By Ilana Angel

    June 27, 2012 | 12:13 am

    I was very much looking forward to talking to Twitter’s @AsianPosh1.  She has been following me on Twitter for a long time and has been truly lovely. She defends me to the haters, reads my reality blog and my lifestyle blog, and always has a kind word for everyone who needs it. ...

  • Is Sex Without Emotion a Deal Breaker?

    By Ilana Angel

    June 21, 2012 | 5:11 pm

    I had a conversation this week about sex and cheating that was fascinating.  By fascinating of course I mean men are pigs.  I think sex requires emotion to be good, but the man I was speaking with insisted sex can be great without emotion, and sometimes the lack of emotion can even...

  • For the Love of God, Just Break Up With Him Already!

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    June 18, 2012 | 9:30 am

    There is a culture in our relationship obsessed young women’s world that has obfuscated a dark truth.  We have so overly focused on fixing our relationships that we have become completely blind to the fact that we’re in terrible relationships.  We read articles and talk and think for...

  • Conservative rabbinic group issues guidelines for same-sex wedding rituals

    June 4, 2012 | 10:56 am

    A landmark vote last week by the Conservative movement’s rabbinic committee has established rituals for same-sex wedding ceremonies, affirming that same-sex marriages have “the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages.”

    The decision by the...

  • Federal appeals court invalidates DOMA

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 31, 2012 | 10:49 am

    In related news, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution. The decision comes on the heels of two district court judges holding likewise.

    The SCOTUSblog recaps:

    Thursday’s ruling by the...

  • Rabbinical court fines man for being unfaithful on Facebook

    May 29, 2012 | 4:13 pm

    A woman reportedly proved to an Israeli rabbinical court that her husband was unfaithful by showing it correspondence between him and other women on Facebook.

    The court awarded the woman damages from her husband of about $40,000, Ynet reported. It did not identify where the couple...

  • Rabbinic group requiring prenuptial agreements

    May 29, 2012 | 10:46 am

    An Orthodox rabbinic group is requiring its members to use a prenuptial agreement in the weddings in which they participate.

    According to a resolution passed by The International Rabbinic Fellowship, its member rabbis may not officiate at or participate ritually in a wedding...

  • Same-sex marriage campaigns should heed local sentiments

    May 23, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Since the May 8 vote to approve North Carolina’s Amendment One referendum, which constitutionally bars the state from recognizing as legal any marriage other...

  • Zuckerberg Ties the Knot but Money Trumps Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    May 22, 2012 | 7:16 am

    Mark Zuckerberg got married.  Mazel Tov.  He is a Jew, she is a Gentile, and so another one bites the dust.  Priscilla Chan is a nice young doctor so that’s a sweet Jewish touch, but we really know nothing about this couple or how their wedding went down.  What we do know for sure...

  • The unconventional dress

    May 15, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    After Talya Ilovitz (née Strauss) got engaged, the hunt for a dress for her Orthodox wedding felt endless. She never imagined her best option would be a sleeveless white cocktail dress a few sizes too big. But after searching widely, every other possibility was either too expensive...

  • The bachelor party grows up

    May 15, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    There are many things that come to mind when the words “bachelor” and “party” are said in the same breath, and often the sum of this equation is not pretty.  Despite Hollywood’s depiction of this rite of passage as a final gasp of protracted adolescence (from the Tom Hanks...

  • Thankful For Obama’s Gay [R]Evolution

    By Tera Greene

    May 10, 2012 | 12:37 am

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    Obama thinks LGBTQ people should have marriage rights.

    Who knew?  I didn’t!

    No seriously, I had no idea. 

    I’ve always actually thought that my vote in 2008 had more to do with me supporting a...

  • Biden: ‘Absolutely comfortable’ with gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 6, 2012 | 10:58 am

    On “Meet the Press” this morning, Vice President Joe Biden said that he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage, via TheBostonChannel.com.

    “I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it is a simple proposition:...

  • To Live Together or Not To Live Together. That Is the Question

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 19, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    The New York Times had a thoughtful article in it last week on co-habitation and about five different people emailed it to me, as just a few days earlier my boyfriend had officially popped the question.  No, not that passé question of marriage that all Baby Boomer parents are...

  • Should ‘Girls’ just get married?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 18, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    A recent spate of pop culture depictions of vapid, loveless sex has some convinced feminism has failed.

    William Bennett, a CNN contributor and the author of “The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood” has decided he is an authority on women.

    On the “disheartening and...

  • Smelling a simcha: Surgeon pushing marriage with grants for nose jobs

    April 5, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    A Jewish plastic surgeon in Miami has offered scholarships to Orthodox Jewish singles for nose jobs to help them land a spouse.

    Dr. Michael Salzhauer, who is under an ethics investigation after commissioning a Jewish band to write a song about a Jewish teen with a big nose, recently...

  • Garden wedding in Israel

    March 14, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    When Miriam Sushman and her then-fiancé, Owen, were planning a summer wedding, they searched for an outdoor venue that would reflect their love of nature. 

    “Israel is such a beautiful country, and I couldn’t imagine not getting married outdoors if the weather was nice. Also,...

  • Marriage, family pressure and Jewish geography

    By Pini Herman

    March 14, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    What is the difference between a pit bull and a Jewish Mother? The pit bull eventually lets go.

    It’s an old joke, but one that speaks to the role of familial connections among Jews, which play a large role in how we consider the Jewish geography of weddings and marriage. Where...

  • Bill would raise marriage age in Israel

    March 6, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    A bill raising the legal age for marriage in Israel from 17 to 18 passed the Knesset plenum in a preliminary vote.

    The vote Tuesday was 38-8, with one abstention. Knesset member Yariv Levin of the Likud Party introduced the bill, which still must pass three readings in the Knesset....

  • Is Marriage Like Prison?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 1, 2012 | 11:33 am

    I had an interesting discussion about marriage today.  I was talking to a man in his 50’s who is divorced and dating.  He is Jewish, educated, successful, funny, handsome, and a failure at marriage.  We’ll call him Moshe. Moshe can clearly remember the moment that his wife, his soul...

  • Norma’s love

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by romantic relationships that seem to last forever. When I hear of couples who remain deeply in love after 40, 50, 60 years of marriage, I imagine the thousands of meals they’ve shared together, the thousands of shared conversations, road trips,...

  • My Eternal Israelite Marriage

    By Mark Paredes

    February 13, 2012 | 10:48 pm

    A little over two weeks ago, my lovely Florina and I were “sealed” together in holy matrimony at the LDS Temple in Los Angeles. This is the crowning ordinance of the LDS faith, and we had dozens of friends on hand to witness the ceremony. The sealing itself was very beautiful,...

  • The Last Taboo: The Lord Shall Preserve Thee From All Evil

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 13, 2012 | 9:15 am

    My boyfriend and I were in a car accident this weekend.  We both are fine.  Nothing more than a few bruises on us.  The cars were not so lucky, though of course we know it could have been much worse.  But when the storm had passed, the incident afforded me an unexpected peak into an...

  • I Don’t Believe in Gay Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    February 8, 2012 | 8:49 am

    To say that one supports gay marriage implies that gay marriage is somehow different from traditional marriage.  It’s not.  I think all people deserve the right to marry whether they are gay or straight.  If people are going to insist on differentiating gay marriage from...

  • Another nugget from the 9th Circuit’s Prop. 8 ruling

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 7, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    In affirming that the California voter-passed initiative banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, wrote for a 2-1 majority of a Ninth Circuit panel that the law served no other purpose than to discriminate:

    Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no...

  • One Step Closer.  9th Circuit Affirms Prop 8 Is Unconstiutitional

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 7, 2012 | 11:46 am

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just affirmed a lower federal court decision that determined that Prop 8, which bans gay marriage, is unconstitutional.  While this is a great step toward creating marriage equality for all, it also makes me a little nervous.  There is only one...

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