Marriage

TV Masterchef’s rabbi finds his true love

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 6, 2014

The British Charedi rabbi who became a star of Israel’s Master Chef TV show has left the competition — but found himself a wife.

Wacky recipes from Rabbi Josh Steele, 29, who made aliyah from Edgware, north London, won over 400 shidduch offers during nine weeks on the show.

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WATCH: Hebrew University of Jerusalem stages epic proposal

March 4, 2014
One unsuspecting lady found herself centre stage in a full-blown flash mob at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Here is her heartwarming reaction.

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Lust is kosher, believe me

By Shmuley Boteach, February 27, 2014

When I was a young rabbi, sent by the [Lubavitcher] Rebbe to Oxford, I used to spend many a Shabbat speaking at Woodside Park and it’s an absolute delight to be invited back, especially to deliver the world premiere of my book Kosher Lust.

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Shuls prepare for same-sex marriages

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2014

The location of the first same-sex Jewish marriage is still to be revealed five weeks before new legislation permitting gay or lesbian couples to wed comes into force.

Religious groups can apply from March 13 to hold same-sex marriages on their premises, with the first ceremonies in theory able to take place after midnight Saturday March 29.

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Who needs Valentine's Day when you've got a Jewish mother

By Abigail Radnor, February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day is nothing short of a mishegas for shmereldiks (excuse me while I sell that one to Hallmark and make my millions). I don’t really know anyone who enjoys this marketing ploy of a Yom Tov, even those in smugly contented relationships.

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Beth Alexander uncertain when she will next see sons

By Charlotte Oliver, February 5, 2014

A British mother who last month lost her battle for custody of her four-year-old twin sons does not know when she will next see her children, after the family centre that arranges her visits said it will no longer do so.

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Government can’t help mother in custody fight

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

The Government has said it is unable to intervene to help Beth Alexander in her battle to gain custody of her children in the Austrian courts.

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New setback for Beth Alexander in custody battle for twins

By Charlotte Oliver, January 9, 2014

A British mother fighting for custody of her four-year-old twin sons has been denied the right to take the case to the Austrian Supreme Court.

Beth Alexander had already lost a hearing and an appeal over the boys, who live in Vienna with her Austrian ex-husband, Michael Schlesinger.

Now, her application to have the case heard before Austria's highest court has been turned down.

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Barmitzvah speech that went viral

By Dan Friedman, December 12, 2013

When barmitzvahs find internet fame, it is often because of their entertainment qualities — think showdancers and catchy pop songs.

Last month, however, Duncan Alpine Sennett caught attention for the power of his reasoning when he gave an impassioned defence of gay marriage in his barmitzvah speech.

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Race to hold first same-sex wedding is on

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

Liberal and Reform synagogues are lining up to hold the first same-sex Jewish wedding ceremony.

The government announced on Tuesday that, under new legislation, same-sex marriage services would take place in England and Wales from March 29, rather than from the summer as had been expected.

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