by Michele Chabin

Running the Orthodox Rabbinic Gauntlet in Israel

When I first visited Israel during the summer of 1978, I was struck by how effortless it was to live a religiously observant life in the Jewish State. In Jerusalem, where I moved from New York 12 years ago, kosher restaurants outnumber non-kosher ones, and almost every street boasts a synagogue. Yet as much as I cherish the quiet of a Jerusalem Shabbat afternoon and the lilting sound of Hebrew everywhere I go, there is no denying that some things in Israel are more difficult than they were in the Old Country.

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Weddings in a Feminist Age

The articles in this special section:

Isn’t It Ironic…

by Susan Weidman Schneider

Retro Wedding in a Feminist Age

A Counterproposal

by Sarah Blustain

Why white wedding madness raises her feminist hackles, and how she revealed this to her significant other.

How Elastic is Jewish Tradition

by Heidi Gralla

Rabbis have very different views on what’s indispensable in a Jewish wedding—and on what the bride may say at her own wedding!

Under the African Huppah

by Aliyah Baruchin

A do-it-yourself, interreligious, multicultural wedding.

Running the Orthodox Rabbinic Gauntlet in Israel

by Michele Chabin

How to get around the restrictive rules and regs. Plus…a Reform rabbi, Naamah Kelman, resists in Jerusalem.

The Wedding Photographer Tells All

by Flash Rosenberg

Studying lovers for hours while she shoots their weddings gives her visual insights into what holds marriages (and families) together.