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What is Jewish custom regarding splitting the costs of a wedding?

Jewish law does not dictate the manner in which wedding costs are divided. The age-old Jewish custom in many communities, however, is that the groom's...

What qualities should I be looking for in my potential spouse?

Certain qualities are essential, and certain qualities depend on who you are. For example: integrity, yirat shamayim (fear of G-d), and kindness are basic...

Is polygamy still allowed today?

Although the Torah does not forbid polygamy (as we see that Abraham, Jacob, Saul, David, Solomon, etc., had more than one wife), around 1000 years ago a...

What is the minimum age of marriage according to Jewish law?

Our Sages state1 that "it is forbidden for one to marry off his daughter until she is an adult and says 'this is the one I want to marry.'" In...

What does the Torah have to say about spousal abuse?

If you are referring to physical abuse, it is forbidden to hit any Jew. The basis of this prohibition is in Deuteronomy.1 As for emotional abuse, it...

Why do some grooms wear a white "kittel" under the chupah?

Indeed, it is customary in Ashkenazi communities for the groom to wear a kittel during the chupah ceremony.1 There are several reasons for this custom,...

What are "sheva brachot"?

There is a special mitzvah for a bride and groom to rejoice together for the week following their wedding1 -- the “sheva brachot...

Why doesn't the bride wear any jewelry to the chupah?

Actually, the groom, too, is not supposed to be wearing any jewelry during the wedding ceremony, and the symbolism behind this custom is very interesting....

Why does the groom break the glass - why not the bride?

I have not seen it explained anywhere why it is the groom who breaks the glass. Perhaps the reason is because it is the groom's obligation to make his...

Why do we break a glass under the chupah?

King David says (Psalms 137:5-6), "If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [its dexterity]. Let my tongue cleave to my palate if I will...