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Smashing the glass: It’s the most recognizable and iconic of rituals at the Jewish wedding, and while the explanation for this most tangible of Jewish customs has been interpreted by many, the most common one reminds us that even in times of joy we must remember that which is broken in this world.

On October 2nd, however, the act of breaking the glass by Tom Roese and Bill Franklin made the most glorious of sounds, and heralded shouts of joy in our synagogue's chapel. It was the first time in the 170-year history of Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, OH, where partners of the same sex...

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Reform Jewish author Anita Diamant’s latest best-selling novel The Boston Girl is now out in paperback. She’s best known for her 1997 blockbuster novel The Red Tent, which has been published in 25 languages and adapted into a Lifetime network miniseries. Diamant and her husband, Jim, live in Boston and are members of Temple Beth El, a Reform Jewish congregation in nearby Sudbury, MA. You’ve written five novels and six guides to contemporary practice. Have you always aspired to be a writer?

Anita Diamant: My childhood goal was to become an actress. Later,...

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If you could share one piece of sage advice with a soon-to-be-married couple – your “secret to a long marriage” – what would it be?

I thought about this as my wife Michelle and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Sitting in a fancy restaurant, we toasted with a deliciously dry Viognier. Surrounded by fragrant flowers, watching a beautiful sunset, my bride melted into tears and my heart soared.

I have accomplished a lot in 51 years of life, but being – and staying married – tops the kvelling list. We love and are committed to each other and our marriage. We invest...

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Mishpachah (family). K’dushah (holiness). Ahavah (love). 

These elements comprise the essence of every life event, both joyous celebrations and times of sorrow. They are the ingredients of our most treasured relationships; they lie at the foundation of any community. 

Family, holiness, and love were present in large measure in my son Adam's birth ceremony, consecration, bar mitzvah, and confirmation, and even in his graduations from elementary school, middle school, high school, and college.

All of the same elements were present when Adam got married this year, too...

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As the much-anticipated oral argument approaches in the marriage equality cases coming out of the Sixth Circuit Court before the Supreme Court, the fight for marriage equality within states wages on.

On January 23, Federal District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade ruled that that Alabama’s ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional. Yet, in the weeks following the court ruling, many counties refused to offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples following a February 8 order by the chief justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore who stated that state court probate...

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