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March 27, 2019
Rabbi Sara Shonfeld is one of my very favorite rabbis to work with. Based in the NY area, she officiates Jewish and interfaith weddings, often working together with clergy of other faiths. She infuses the ceremonies with joy, spirituality, and Jewish tradition. I have loved getting to know her through all of our mutual clients and it is a real treat to feature her as the first in my new Ask the Rabbi series!
What is your favorite part of being a rabbi?
How did you decide to become a rabbi?
There is a need for many couples who don't share the same faith and still want to include Jewish elements, traditions, and cultural aspect as part of their ceremony. It is important to me to be there for them and with them, on their wedding day.
What do you consider to be the most important value in a marriage?
There are many important values in a marriage! There are all connected and intertwined; Love, respect, devotion, faithfulness, shared values, happiness, trust, consideration, communication, motivating each other, understanding, laughter, and more.
What advice do you have for engaged couples as they plan their wedding and family?
Enjoy the process! Don't sweat the small things.
What is the most common mistake you see married couples make?
Remember how you fell in love in the first place and keep the romance going. Be attentive to each other, make time for one another, remember to send flowers, love notes, etc.
Remember not to let life get in the way of your love!
Holidays and Shabbat are very cultural and traditional. Through songs, blessings, stories, and food (of course) you can create a Jewish tradition in your own family.
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April 17, 2019
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Melanie Woodrow of ABC7 News for helping spread the word about my efforts to replace ketubahs for anyone who lost theirs in the recent wildfires in California.
April 10, 2019
While some elements of the Passover story don’t quite sit right with me (Ehem, death of the firstborn), I still love the idea of a whole holiday that celebrates freedom. We kick off the holiday with the Passover Seder during which we perform rituals connected to various parts of the story. Here are 5 ideas for adding a Progressive modern twist to your family’s seder.
April 03, 2019