Currently, hundreds of couples are not able to get married at all, since going abroad is not an option and the Chief Rabbinate will not perform a ceremony and provide legal recognition.
Critics blame Chief Rabbinate, lack of marriage choice, for the decline in the number of Jews marrying in Israel, and increase in cohabitation.
“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.
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 phone number to save your marriage: (02) 640-4343 or 1-877-963-8938 toll-free from abroad.
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.
Tzviya Gorodetsky’s request that the rabbinical courts close her divorce case with Meir Gorodestky was granted by the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court on Tuesday.
Politicians who care about intermarriage should focus on a lot more than the choices of two individuals
"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.
We need marriage rituals that are in sync with the seven blessings celebrating friendship and mutuality that are part of the traditional marriage ceremony.