Ethiopian-Israelis registering for marriage licenses in the central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah reportedly are routinely rejected and forced to register elsewhere.
A new initiative in Gaza is preparing young Palestinian couples for married life with religious, legal, medical and psychological counseling.
Prohibitions on civil and non-Orthodox weddings in Israel prevent 660,000 Jewish-Israelis — including 364,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union — from marrying in the Jewish state, according to a nonprofit promoting religious freedom in Israel.
The moment Leah Paretzky got divorced, she lost her status as part of the ruling class of her ultra-Orthodox community.
Tamar Epstein found two Orthodox rabbis willing to help her remarry even though her husband wouldn’t give her a ‘get.’ But her status in the Jewish community — and the fate of any children she may have — is anything but settled.
In the wake of the Obergefell decision ruling states cannot ban same-sex marriage, Julie R. Enzer reflects on the seven blessing traditionally said in a Jewish marriage ceremony.
“Issues such as who will rule on my grandchildren’s Jewishness, whom they may marry or couple with, and where they can pray have been offered up as sacrificial lambs to maintain the government’s coalition.”
Secular and haredi Orthodox Israelis differ on many things, but there’s one thing both sides agree on: When it comes to religious affairs, the government is failing.
In the latest challenge to Israel’s supreme religious authority, several Orthodox rabbis have begun to perform weddings for converts who are not recognized by the Chief Rabbinate.
EDITORIAL: After the Supreme Court gave LGBT people the right to marry, Jane Eisner says it’s high time for liberals and conservatives to unite behind a pro-marriage agenda — for straight people, too.