Jerusalem Report

Marriage and civil union in Israel

The proposed Civil Union Law is essential in an Israel trying to balance Jewish identity with democratic values.

'The addition of the civil option will ease the tensions caused today by lack of choice.'
Many years, ago, as a young bride-to-be, I visited the Chief Rabbinate for what was called “guidance for brides.” A rabbi’s wife explained in clumsy metaphors the main principles of family sanctity and its advantages.

Not a word was said about the concept of kiddushin – the ceremonial designation of the bride for the groom and no other man.

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