Marriage Suitability (Nissuin)
The Talmud in Tractate Kiddushin 6a writes whoever is not well versed in the laws of marriage and divorce should not undertake to perform the marriage ceremony.
It is interesting to note that the Shulchan Aruch Even Hoezer section 49 writes that the main area of concern was that perhaps through a lack of knowledge inadvertently the Rabbi may perform a wedding ceremony for a couple who are prohibited to marry. Resulting in offspring that would have the status of mamzeirim.
A Rabbi must first ascertain that the groom and the bride are both of the Jewish faith. (see tab Certificate of Jewish Identity). However once this has been established that not necessarily means that the couple are permitted to marry al pi halacha according to Jewish Law.
Issues that need to be addressed include but not limited to.
1. The groom is a Cohen
2. The bride or her parents are geirim converts
3. The bride is a divorcee
4. Yibum and Chalitzah
5. Second marriages
6. Conservative and Reform marriage ceremonies
I present one of the many questions I have dealt with thereby demonstrating the complexities a Rabbi may face.
I recently had a case presented to me for rabbinic adjudication a mere two weeks before the marriage was to take place. The groom was a cohen and the bride’s father was not Jewish. She had previously been married at a conservative ceremony and subsequently received a get from an Orthodox Bes Din.
What a Rabbi needs to be conscious of is a situation where halacha raises serious questions about the permissibility of the couple to marry and the Rabbi may be unaware that there is any issue of concern.
I offer the service whereby after the necessary investigation and halachic issues have been thoroughly addressed a document of permission or prohibition will be issued in relation to the forth coming marriage.
A $100 fee applies for substantiating the suitability for the couple to marry, the fee can be paid on line.