A Jewish Guide to Shiva Practices and Helping Your Friend in Mourning

When a friend or loved one experiences loss, it can be hard to know how to support them. If that loved one is Jewish, and you are unfamiliar with Jewish mourning practices, it can be even harder to help. This video from G-dcast explains mourning rituals within Judaism and offers advice about how to help […]

READ MORE

Dance the Hora: How to do the Jewish Wedding Dance

If you’ve never been to a Jewish wedding, you may not be familiar with the ritual dance, the Hora. But chances are, you’ve seen this circle dance that involves lifting the bride and groom in the air on chairs on TV or in a movie. It’s a joyous dance for everyone to take part in.  Watch […]

READ MORE

Why We Break the Glass at Jewish Weddings

What is this breaking the glass thing all about? One of the most recognizable traditions in a Jewish wedding, signaling the end of the ceremony and time to rejoice, many of us don’t actually know the meaning behind breaking the glass. This is partly because there is no one definition of this ritual. There are […]

READ MORE

Ketubah: The Jewish Wedding Contract

Marriage is about making a strong partnership. The marriage contract, or ketubah, formalizes some of these agreements and there are many different ways to make it personal to your ceremony and relationship. For ideas for interfaith and modern ways of creating a ketubah, click here. We also have five tips for creating an interfaith ketubah, as well as tips for how to pick your ketubah witness. The following animated video from G-dcast offers a […]

READ MORE

Chuppah: The Jewish Wedding Canopy

Whether or not you’ve attended many (or any) Jewish weddings, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of or seen a “chuppah” – the Jewish wedding canopy. It is a symbol of intimacy that partners share, and the home they will create. If you’re planning a wedding or attending one, (whether or not you have ever heard of a chuppah) this animated short will briefly explain what a chuppah is and some historical Jewish wedding traditions. While […]

READ MORE

What to Expect at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

What exactly does a Jewish wedding ceremony entail? What are the customs and how might they differ from couple to couple? For a quick primer on this subject, check out the video below from G-dcast. And if you want more specifics on Jewish wedding ceremonies for couples who come from different faith traditions, check out […]

READ MORE

A Blessing for New Moms

Gomel: A Jewish Blessing for New Moms Having kids is sometimes hard. Giving birth to a baby is REALLY hard. Judaism has a ritual to mark getting through the experience. This next video from G-dcast teaches us how to say the Gomel, a Jewish blessing that is recited upon emerging safely from danger. This blessing […]

READ MORE

Traditions of a Jewish Baby Naming

Lifecycle events can feel like giant OMG moments, but we’re here to help! InterfaithFamily has partnered with G-dcast (you might remember their fantastic Torahlog video series, which we shared last year) to present their new series of Lifecycles videos, short animated videos and personal stories that give overviews of specific events and traditions. Over the […]

READ MORE