marriage in israel

Weddings and vines: The blessing of the Geffen

“Marriage is a gift from God to us. The quality of our marriage is our gift to Him/Her.” Many times I have intoned these lines as I stood with the bride and groom sending them out on their voyage.

Couples kiss during a mass wedding at coastal city of Larnaca
Jewish, Arab women marrying later than decade ago

In 2017, the average life expectancy of Israeli women stood at 84.6 years old, almost four years longer than the 80.7 years life expectancy of Israeli men.

The Human Spirit: The phone number to save your marriage

The phone number to save your marriage: (02) 640-4343 or 1-877-963-8938 toll-free from abroad.

Wedding bells: At what age are most couples tying the knot these days?

Between 2002 and 2016, the average age at which people in Israel married for the first time rose from 27.1 to 27.5 for the grooms, and from 24.2 to 25.1 for the brides.

Zvia Gordestski (left) holding the rabbinical court document freeing her from her marriage
17-year prisoner for divorce refusal could be released from incarceration

Tzviya Gorodetsky’s request that the rabbinical courts close her divorce case with Meir Gorodestky was granted by the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court on Tuesday.

News anchor Lucy Aharish [L] and Actor Tzahi Halevi [R]
Private lives, public debate: Tzachi Halevy and Lucy Aharish's marriage

Politicians who care about intermarriage should focus on a lot more than the choices of two individuals

Rabbi Dov Hayun speaks at the prayer service and demonstration outside the Haifa Rabbinical Court on
Protesters pray at Haifa Rabbinical Court after Conservative rabbi arrest

"The Israeli public wants an open and welcoming Judaism without coercion and most importantly one which respects every person’s path and customs," said Masorti leader Dr. Yizhar Hess.

A couple stands underneath a ‘huppa’ during their secular wedding ceremony in Tel Aviv.
Huppa pratit: good, necessary, but not sufficient

We need marriage rituals that are in sync with the seven blessings celebrating friendship and mutuality that are part of the traditional marriage ceremony.

A chain, symbolic of women chained to marriage
Rabbinical court voided marriage by invalidating witness

The fact that one of the witnesses was not religious at the wedding provided a perfect opportunity to invalidate the marriage.

Civil marriage in Eilat to be proposed in forthcoming legislation

The bill would allow civil marriages to place in Eilat, but is facing opposition from all sides.

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