Sanctifying Intimate Relationships

Intimate relationships bring two people together in a unique emotional and physical connection. This is something to celebrate, whether through the public festivity of a wedding, or in the private reflection of immersion in the mikveh. Sanctifying our intimate relationships elevates these unions and gives them a context of meaning and joy.

Tena'im (Engagement) Ceremony

By Joshua Yan and Alison Engel
A tena'im ceremony based on a traditional version but using a new tena'im contract spelling out the couple's mutual obligations in marriage   more
Complete Ceremony

Ketubah (Wedding Contract)

By Rabbi Rona Shapiro
An article about the ketubah, or wedding contract, which describes its history, new ketubot, egalitarian ketubot, and alternatives to the ketubah   more
Article

Tags: ketubah

Lieberman Clause

Meant to be appended to the traditional ketubah and written in Aramaic by the late, great Rabbi Saul Lieberman, this clause requires the husband to grant a religious divorce (get) to his wife, should the marriage dissolve. This clause is usually used by Conservative Jews instead of the Orthodox pre-nuptial agreement.   more
Document

Tags: ketubah

Orthodox Prenuptial Agreement

An agreement signed by the bride and groom prior to the wedding which abrogates the situation of a recalcitrant husband who refuses his wife a religious divorce   more
Document

Tags: ketubah

Acquiring Equality

By Heather Altman and Susan Sapiro
A thoughtful article about how two modern brides reconciled tradition and feminism in their weddings   more
Article

Tags: kiddushin

Bedecken (Noticing Each Other)

By Rabbi David Sulomm Stein and Shulamit Sulomm Gehlfuss
A mutual bedecken ceremony in which the groom and bride adorn one another with kippot and flowers   more
Ritual Component

Tags: bedecken

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