The proposed establishment of civil marriage in Israel, although in apparent conflict with Jewish tradition, could help to diminish animosity toward Judaism among secular Israelis.

Benjamin Lau
Nov. 15 2013 12:00AM

A bill passed by the Knesset weakens the chief rabbinate’s grip on marriage registration; it was thought politically impossible only a year ago—and the. . .

Nov. 1 2013 12:00AM

As a solution to the problem of agunot—“chained” wives—halakhically valid pre-nuptial agreements avoid recourse to the sometimes brutal coercion of recalcitrant husbands.

Oct. 23 2013 12:00AM

While the idea of a divinely matched soul mate may be romantic, it poses significant theological problems—and many rabbinic sources reject it.

Josh Yuter
July 24 2013 12:00AM

A new Pew survey shows that younger Americans have more relaxed attitudes toward marriage and parenthood than their elders—until they become spouses and parents themselves.

William Saletan
June 7 2013 12:00AM

A new Israeli movie, perfect in tone and taste, depicts an ultra-Orthodox community in which marriage is the center of all things: mysterious, enveloping, frightening, ecstatic.

June 4 2013 12:09AM