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  • Married couples’ contract ensures they can divorce fairly

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    "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...

  • Esther Macner: Agunah advocate promotes post-nuptials

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm

    At 62, Esther Macner radiates feistiness and confidence. 

    During a recent interview at the Journal’s headquarters, she described herself as an “Orthodox Jewish feminist, which I’ve been all my life, before the word became a label.” 

    A former prosecutor and trial attorney in New...

  • On a Birthright trip, love is born

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    September 3, 2014 | 11:29 am

    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...

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  • Wedivite: Online wedding planning and sharing

    by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

    September 3, 2014 | 11:13 am

    More than 7,000 couples around the world already have used Wedivite, the first free, socially integrated digital platform exclusively for weddings. Appropriately, its alpha launch happened in the traditional wedding month of June.

    Conceived and built by Israeli groom-to-be Ben...

  • ‘HoneyBook’ takes a leap forward in event planning technology

    by Ruthie Blum

    June 25, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    Naama Alon planned her wedding during a stressful academic year at Tel Aviv’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Soon after the nuptials, but before finishing her degree in graphic design and interactive media, she and her new husband, Oz, birthed a startup that would soon...

  • Re-imagining and recycling traditional wedding objects

    Cora Markowitz

    June 25, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    Artists and creative newlyweds are finding new ways to make the trappings and ceremonial elements of Jewish weddings their own — and then to have these mementos live on and remain useful long after the actual ceremony.

    The evidence? Broken shards of glass turned into art,...

  • Hearts remarried

    by Petru Popescu

    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...

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