Elliot Dorff and Luke Timothy Johnson — Marriage, Family, and Divorce
July 5, 2007

American ideals and rituals of marriage, family, and divorce are infused with biblical messages. But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries as the institution of marriage has changed dramatically and often? A rabbi and Christian theologian help us explore the nuances of Jewish and Christian teachings and reveal the striking practicality of Jewish tradition across the ages and the surprising ambiguities of the New Testament.

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A couple gets married in the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City under a chuppah, or wedding canopy, which is used in all Orthodox and Conservative, and in some Reform, ceremonies. The chuppah suggests a royal canopy in which the couple are king and queen that day.

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