Dating

Finding a Match - I’ve been doing the singles scene for years and now that I’d like to get married, I realize that my chances of just stumbling upon Mr. Right are quite slim. What’s a... good Plan B? More »
Isaac & Finding the Perfect Partner - I’m 30 years old and finding that most of my friends who have gotten married are soon after divorced. I would like to get married but am afraid of marrying the wrong person. Any... guidelines to suggest? More »
Parental Guidance - We have three children, ages 14 to 19. We see so many Jews marrying non-Jews, and we want to prevent that from happening in our family. What can we do at this stage? More »
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Wedding Ceremony

Aufruf Before Wedding - My wedding is God willing in a few weeks, and I know that on the Shabbat beforehand I am called to the Torah for my “aufruf”. Why is a celebration held in honor of the groom the Shabbat before his wedding... More »
Hebrew Name – Non-Jewish Father - A new member in our synagogue has a Jewish mother and non-Jewish father. I know he is legally considered Jewish. My question is how to call him to the Torah where a person is usually called as X the son... More »
No Hebrew Name – Writing Ketubah - I grew up in an entirely secular family and was never given a Hebrew name. My son will be married God willing in about two weeks, and his future mother-in-law wants to know his and his father’s Hebrew... More »
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Marriage - General

Concubinage; Abraham’s Marriage to Hagar - There is one detail of the story of Abraham and Sarah which was never clear to me. Sarah was unable to conceive, and so Abraham took her handmaid Hagar instead (Genesis 16). How was it permissible to... More »
Cousin Marriages - Does the Torah permit cousin marriages? Is the topic discussed at all? I’m concerned in particular because the inbreeding is likely to cause genetic disorders, as historically happened to many royal... More »
Engagement Party on Nine Days - I have a friend who is getting married shortly after Tisha B’Av. My friends wanted to celebrate a bachelor party for him next week, during the Nine Days. I didn’t feel it was appropriate but they claimed... More »
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Intimacy Issues, Mikveh

Marital Relations – Mitzvah - What is the Jewish view of intimacy? Is sex just for procreative purposes, or is it all right to have relations with one's spouse for recreation and intimacy? More »
Marriage – Older Couple - I’m happy to write that I recently met the woman of my life. After the failed marriage of my younger years, I feel I have at last met my true soul mate! We look forward to marrying in due time. My... More »
Mikvah Before Wedding – Older Couple - I am over 70 and am engaged to God-willing marry a woman of similar age. This is a third marriage for both of us. Is there an obligation for her to go the mikvah before the wedding? More »
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In-Laws

Convert's Mother-in-Law - My husband is a convert and I'm studying for conversion, too. When I told my parents I was converting my mother's response was joyful – she feels that the one thing she regrets in her life was that... More »

Divorce

Divorcee – Husband’s Customs - I am divorced now. Do I still have to follow the customs of my ex-husband – such as not eating out on Passover? More »
Get Document - Technical Requirements - I am getting divorced and need to order a Get document. Is there something online available for download? More »
Homewrecker - I have been seeing a married man for over a year now. He has been separated from his wife for four months and we see each other as much as possible. I have been separated from my husband for over a year... More »
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Intermarriage

Concerned Parents - Our son is planning to intermarry. We are very upset, and feel strongly that he is making a mistake. In the meantime, he has given us an ultimatum: Either accept her, or I don’t want to have... More »
Have Her Convert? - I’ve been dating a young woman for the past two years and we are starting to think about marriage. The problem is that she is not Jewish. I would want her to convert, but in a way where there would be no... More »
Intermarriage & Dual Religion - I met a great guy and we are on the way to getting engaged soon I hope! We share lots of interests (hiking, movies) and I find him very funny, intelligent and attractive. So what could be wrong? Well,... More »
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