Sanctifying Intimate Relationships

Intimate relationships bring two people together in a unique emotional and physical connection. This is something to celebrate, whether through the public festivity of a wedding, or in the private reflection of immersion in the mikveh. Sanctifying our intimate relationships elevates these unions and gives them a context of meaning and joy.

Bedecken (Noticing Each Other)

By Rabbi David Sulomm Stein and Shulamit Sulomm Gehlfuss
A mutual bedecken ceremony in which the groom and bride adorn one another with kippot and flowers   more
Ritual Component

Tags: bedecken

A Blessing for a First Sexual Experience

By Rabbi Rona Shapiro
Although Judaism offers myriad blessings for every event, there has traditionally been no way to mark one's first sexual experience. The author discusses the need for such a blessing and offers a possibility.   more

Tags: shehekheyanu, sex