Marriage Questions and Answers

Why get married? Do I have a soulmate? Can a convert be my soulmate? Why is a glass broken beneath the chupah? A selection of fascinating FAQs on the subjects of dating, weddings and marriage.

Explain My Wife to Me
She complained last night that I’m not helpful around the house. She claims that yesterday I came home and plonked myself on the couch to relax, leaving her to look after the kids and dinner and everything else. When I pointed out to her that I actually offered to help, she says it wasn’t sincere. I’m at a loss. What more can I do? Is it my fault if she ignores my offer to help?
Why Are Jewish Weddings Under a Chupah Canopy?
Everyone knows that Jewish weddings take place under a chupah under the open skies. But no one I ask seems to know why. Is there a reason for this?
Why Get Married?
Is marriage worth the sacrifice?
Marriage has been getting a bad rap lately, and it’s entirely unjustified. Decades of studies on human wellbeing provide the same conclusions consistently . . .
Can a Rabbi Get Married?
The taxi driver shook his head and said, “You Jews have got it good. In my community, when someone is dating and confused, or is going through a rough patch in his marriage, who should we turn to?”
You're Madly in Love
In two months she's getting married. What should I do? I am still convinced that she is the only one in the world for me
Are Matchmakers Honest?
The truth behind matchmaking
"I get the part about G-d creating heaven and earth," says the Roman matron. "But once He got that down, what has He been doing since?" "Since then," the sage replies, "He's been matchmaking..."
Do I Have a Soulmate?
Is there any guarantee that each person will meet his or her soul mate and will find someone who truly loves them? Time and again I have had my heart broken and my hopes dashed...Is there really someone out there for everyone?
Love and a Model Airplane
My friends say the main thing is that you are in love, and everything else will fall into place. Should I believe them?
Is he the right guy for me?
I am in a serious relationship with a great guy. We have been together for a while now and I have very strong feelings for him. He is ready to get married, and is getting a bit impatient with me.
The Secret of a Good Matchmaker
I've tried my hand at matchmaking, but so far I've been a dismal failure. Is there a secret formula for bringing people together that I don't know about?
Can a convert be my soul-mate?
My girlfriend isn't Jewish, but she is in the process of converting. In your Kabbalah class you said that everyone has a soul-mate, the missing part of our soul. Could she be my soul-mate?
Bored with Mr. Nice Guy
I want to find someone that I can spend my life with, but I seem to end up with guys that treat me like dirt. Then, finally, I met a guy who treated me like a queen but I just wasn’t attracted to him...
Why Are All the Good Husbands Already Taken?
My friends' spouses are all such wonderful people, but the guys I meet all seem to be missing something. What am I doing wrong?
Is He Too Immature to Get Married?
I cannot wait to get married I feel I have found that person. We share a lot in common, have similar values and goals, and are both committed to learning and growing. The problem is that he is extremely immature…
Parents Don't Approve
I have been dating a wonderful guy for a few months now and we are getting quite serious. Yet there is one huge problem. My parents are completely against the relationship...
Lack of Attraction
I recently began seeing a man who really appears to have the qualities that I want in a husband. The problem is that I am really not very attracted to him...
Sudden Mood Swings
The man I am thinking of marrying can be very sweet and kind. But just when we are getting along well, he suddenly changes...
Conversion and Marriage
I am in the process of an Orthodox conversion to marry the man I love. I am now living a wonderful observant life, but my fiancé is not interested in living in such a way . . .
Arranged Marriages?
Is it true that traditionally, Jewish marriages were arranged marriages? I’ve also heard that this is still the practice amongst the more religious Jews . . .
What Is a
Anyone can be a shadchan. Just make the suggestion. Even if it does not work the first time, keep on trying.
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