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marriage, marrying, the state of being married; more specific tags are `wedding` and `intermarriage`

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Would Rabbinic Jews during the second temple have been allowed to marry Sadducees?

My understanding is that the Sadducees did not believe in resurrection of the dead and disagreed or interpreted the oral tradition very differently than the Pharisees and Rabbinic Jews in the times of ...
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Is there a blessing upon betrothal through intimacy?

Based on the understanding that marriage is a mitzvah for a man, are there any sources which indicate a blessing should be said either before or after a husband engages in intercourse to betroth his (...
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Why were only men allowed to divorce for sexual impurity? Did men not also commit sexual misconduct? [duplicate]

Note: this question was posted to Biblical Hermeneutics yesterday, and did not attract a response. As this is a question about the Law of Moses, I'm open to a Jewish explanation as well. This question ...
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Do we no longer practice the blessing on virginity and when did it go away?

In the responsa of Rav Hai Gaon (4:8) there is a record of a ceremony conducted after a marriage is consummated wherein the sheet displaying virginal blood is produced and a blessing (or perhaps ...
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Are Amalekites considered Edomites Halachically?

According to the opinion that we may accept converts from Amalek, must they wait until the third generation to marry a Jew, as would an Edomite, being that Amalek also comes from Esav?
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Are co-wives halachically related

Are co-wives halachically related? If one of them dies does the other co-wife have to sit shivah for her co-wife?
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Should newlyweds sleep under the same roof during the Sheva Brachot period?

When is the most appropriate time for newlyweds to start sleeping under the same roof together?
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What kind of marriages was the Rambam thinking of?

Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Biah, 12:1 speaks of “derech ishut” and 12:14 speaks of “derech chatnut.” How does the halacha understand these terms? Sources appreciated. Note: The translation by Rabbi ...
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Bracha for guests- who should be saying it?

In the bencher I use it has some instructions, which I don't understand or know where they come from. Are all the cases listed supposed to be done? A wife for her husband? A husband for his wife? Are ...
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Remaining single in Judaism [duplicate]

Everywhere around me I keep seeing couples getting divorced and separated. I keep hearing tales from work/university colleagues and family members having marital problems which often have led to ...
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Minhag for a couple of converts

When a man is a Jew by birth and has minhag avot, his wife must follow his minhag avot. When a man is converted or baal teshuvah, he must follow his wife's minhag. And if both the man and the woman ...
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Wives of the Shevatim

Do any midrashim etc detail the names and background of each the wives of the sons of Jacob? I know the book of Jubilees does, but that is not considered 'canonical'. Besides that, I only know of the ...
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If the Torah tells us 36 times to love the stranger where did the sephardic minhag of not marrying geirim come from?

To my understanding, the Syrian Jewish community of New York adheres to an "Edict" forbidding marriage to a convert. If the Torah tells us 36 times to love the convert where did this ...
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What is the minhag for a secular couple who become Baalei Teshuvah

According to Halacha, minhag of a married couple follows the husband. What is the Halacha about the minhag for a secular married couple who become Baalei Teshuvah later on? What about a religious ...
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Restrictions on a Jewess who was baptised as a child

What are the restrictions for a Jewish girl (husband born Jewish, wife converted to Judaism) who was baptized Christian as a child (not by choice) and then converts back to Judaism (by choice) (re ...
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chupah and halachot of yichud

Do we paskin that after the chupah you're totally married or only after yichud? does the yichud room by a wedding need to be locked? Do the witnesses of the yichud make it secluded as if the door is ...
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May a husband and wife swim together while the wife is niddah

According to Halacha, is it permitted for a husband and wife to swim together while the wife is niddah, or no? Would it be considered harchakot and rabbinically forbidden or no?
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Who is the father when parents are not married halachically?

According to halacha, a child's father is considered to be the halachic husband of the mother (based on Sota 27a). Now what is the case for single parents?, e.g., a Jewish mother married only through ...
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Definition of ervah

"ערוה" is the Torah's usual word for a forbidden relationship. I remember seeing a Rishon, maybe a Tosefos, who says that the fact that kiddushin is impossible, that a permanent relationship ...
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Does the mitzvah of honoring one's parents extend to in-laws? [duplicate]

Does Kibud Av V'Em extend to one's mother-in-law and father-in-law? If so, is the obligation equivalent to honoring one's own birth parents?
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May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?

The Sefer HaChinuch #564 writes that it’s forbidden for a woman to wear men’s clothing. If it’s cold outside, is a woman allowed to wear a man’s coat to keep warm? If #1 is a problem, are any ...
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Why should one have marital relations as if forced by a demon?

The gemarah (nedarim 20b) mentions that one of the reasons for having beautiful children is due to having relations "as if forced by a demon". Rashi there explains the term as either indicating that ...
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Can Nissuin be done before kiddushin

According to Halacha, is it permitted for Jews to do Nissuin before kiddushin, and if so, when is the Seudat mitzvah? Or no, does kiddushin necessarily have to proceed Nissuin?
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Conversion for marriage

Halacha dictates that a Jewish court must not convert a non-Jew if it believes it's for the purpose of marrying a Jew (H. Issurei Biah 13:14). But what if the non-Jew is already married to a Jew, non-...
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Halachot of Communal Wedding Rings

Ruth Gay writes in her book on German Jewry (Jews of Germany) that in most of the Rheinland communities, a communal wedding ring would be used. Given that the kinyan must be done with something ...
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Are men with dead or divorced wives before the first year still exempt

According to Deuteronomy 24:5 a man is exempt from public service for a year when he marries a wife. What does Halacha say in the case a man marries a woman and divorced her or she dies before that ...
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Could the court compel a man to marry

I’ve heard that the court could compel a man to find a wife unless he was fully involved in the study of Torah. Is this true?
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Pictures of married women before they were married - hair uncovered

Is there any reason whatsoever to not look at, or to not display in the house (or submit for job interviews, or use as profile picture on social media, etc etc), pictures of a married women, before ...
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Are there any Rabbis who require a DNA test for every child born as a means of preventing infidelity?

If your wife commits infidelity, you are required to divorce her. This is taken from Mishneh Torah, Divorce 11. וּבִכְלַל לָאו זֶה שֶׁכָּל אִשָּׁה שֶׁזִּנְּתָה תַּחַת בַּעְלָהּ נֶאֶסְרָה עָלָיו ...
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Is kiddushin which a man was coerced to do valid

According to Halacha, if a man was coerced/forced to do kiddushin to a woman, under threat of penalty (from say a Beit Din) is that a valid kiddushin? Or no, since this was done against his true will ...
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Using a predated ketubah at a wedding ceremony

In Halacha, is it permissible to use written and signed ketubah that predates the actual wedding ceremony? So basically, the ketubah is written and signed like a day or so earlier than the actual ...
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If a Jew got testicular biopsy, can Jews marry him

Testicular biopsy is when men get a portion of their testes removed to be scientifically tested, often for reproductive reasons. The Torah prohibits Jews having marriage with eunuchs, men with injured ...
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If someone becomes gravely ill and their name is changed in Shul, is their name also changed on their Kesubah?

A source: https://outorah.org/p/119405/ When someone becomes gravely ill and their name is changed in order to aid in their refuah, is their name also altered on their Kesubah?
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What customs does a divorced/widowed woman follow? (Ashkenazi/Sfardi -- hers or her ex-husband's?)

When a woman gets married, she takes on her husband's customs. Thus, an Ashkenazi woman marrying a Sfardi man gets to eat rice on Pesach (and vice versa). But what happens if she gets divorced, or if ...
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In Halacha, can you sue for Alienation of Affection?

In old times, there were laws on the books that defined a cause of action called "Alienation of Affections" which, among other things, allowed an aggrieved spouse to sue their spouse's ...
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May a wife go a place against her husband’s will

According to Halacha, if a husband tells his wife she can’t go somewhere (for example, the supermarket) is the wife obligated to listen to her husband? Or can she (at least by halacha) go against her ...
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Are relations with spouse on demand generally required

According to Halacha, is one generally obligated to have intimate relations with your spouse if they ask for it? A man is obligated to have it generally, but my question is, even if a man fulfills ...
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What is the true origin of this quote so often attributed to the Baal Shem Tov?

What is the true origin of this quote so often attributed to the Baal Shem Tov?: From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven, and when two souls that are destined to be ...
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כִּי יִקַּח אִישׁ אִשָּׁה—what does it mean (kiddushin or nisuin)?

Jewish marriage occurs in two distinct stages, each with its own halachic implication. Chazal term the first kiddushin and the latter nisuin. Biblically they're termed eirusin and likuchin, ...
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If someone lost a ketubah, are they obligated to replace it

According to Halacha, if a Jewish married couple has a Ketubah and they lost it, are they obligated to have it replaced with another Ketubah or no? Is it considered like an obligation to have ...
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Conservative converts wanting to marry Orthodox [closed]

If there were an instance where a Conservative convert woman wanted to marry an Orthodox man, would an Orthodox rabbi perform the ceremony?
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Questions about marriage, life, Judaism as a BT who grew up reform? [closed]

I Grew up as a reform Jew but I became more religious my parents were never married and don't have a Ketubah. I also do not have ketubah for my grandparents, what will happen how can I get married? ...
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Does kiddushin work if the couple don't understand the implications?

According to the first Mishna of Kiddushin, if I understand correctly, marriage is effectively a legal contract where the man takes "ownership" of the woman with her consent. This answer to ...
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What are the practical implications of marriage being the husband's ownership of the wife?

Halachically, marriage is a contract where the husband takes ownership of the wife. I've been married for over 17 years and although I have always been aware of this, I've never really thought of my ...
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Source for not asking your spouse to do something for you

I recall hearing an idea once that you shouldn't ask your spouse to do something for you, but I'm not sure where it is from. Does anyone know the source?
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Prussian Jews and tallit gadol

The custom of Jews from Prussia (German Poland) was wear tallit gadol from bar mitzvah or from marriage? And the custom of Ashkenazi Jews from Belgium?
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The consent of the girl for marriage and honour killing history [closed]

I want to ask about the historical context of the value of the girl's consent in marriage in ancient Jewish culture. As old as possible. If a girl had married a man without her father's permission, ...
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Application of the mitzvah of marriage in Jewish men with Asperger’s Syndrome

It is a fact that a Jewish man who does not fulfill the mitzvah of getting married in the chuppah and having children will have to account for it in the Olam HaBa. There are also halachic cases in ...
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Is taking an Eshet Yefat To'ar allowed today?

The Torah provides that a Jewish soldier may, by following a specific process, take a woman captive as his wife and convert her to Judaism as an אשת יפת תואר (Devarim 21:10-14). Is this provision ...
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Insurance as kiddushin Kessef

According to Halacha, could insurance paid for by a man be given to a woman to count as a “Kiddushin Kessef”? Does it count as a value that the man owns that could legitimately be used. The reason ...

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