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Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek is a Hudson-Valley baed marriage officiant specializing in emotionally intelligtent communications.
Rabbi Brent is widely recognized as one of the most inspiring rabbis in America, and in his work with soon-to-be-wed couples, he is committed to helping couples work together as a team through the inevitable challenges of life. You can read more about him here: https://www.rabbibrentspodek.net/about
Rabbi Brent works with couples to make sure that thier ceremony reflects their personal needs and that their ketubah, or marriage contract, reflects the actual promises they are making to each other. Marriage is about much more than monogamy - its about communication and connection, even in hard times.
Its not 1952 amymore - plenty of people live with their partners without being married and are quite happy. So why are you getting married?
Rabbi Brent works with couples who are interested in doing the soul-work of articulating the specific, individual promises they want to make before entering this next chapter of their lives. You can see more about his approach here: https://www.rabbibrentspodek.net/weddings-anniversaries
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Could not imagine a better Rabbi
Now, however, thanks primarily to Rabbi Brent, I look back at the lead-up to our wedding and our ceremony as a truly wonderful experience that I believe will pay dividends decades into the future. Alongside helping lead a beautiful wedding, we're convinced the process materially improved the chances of us having a healthy marriage that lasts in the long run.
As we began our introductory session, very quickly my wife and I realized that we were about to undergo the furthest thing from an assembly-line process a few of my friends have been disappointed in in their experiences with religious officiants.
Rabbi Brent began by quickly leading us into conversations in and out of session with him about the shape and tenor of our lives. These sorts of discussions we had occasionally engaged with but were too polite and non-confrontational to address directly. Rabbi Brent got us talking about what matters, like the shape and tenor of the lives we hoped to live with each other, what marriage meant to both of us, the expectations we had for each other in our relationship, and what role we wanted Judaism to play in our lives.
While leading into these conversations, he also gave us the tools to address them more constructively and from a more loving posture. We would check in every few weeks, check in on what serious life topics we discussed and what fights we had. Rabbi Brent is openminded and a world-class listener who did a masterful job of taking us into and beyond our disagreements and transforming them into learning opportunities on how we should best engage with each other. While he has a rough schema for the types of topics he wants to get into, he is flexible and skilled enough to use the "material" our relationship raises each week to bring us to where the discussions grow most useful.
The principles and tools he introduced and demonstrated on our disagreements helped us look at problems thematically and not settle for one-off solutions. For instance, the framework he kept coming back to, the need to recall the occasionally wide distance between impact and intention, is a really helpful way of looking at relationships I expect to come back to for decades to come. These discussions culminated in an exercise to write a ketubah which was deeply meaningful to both of us.
Our relationship was between a Jew and a gentile, and Rabbi Brent handled the discussions with sensitivity and grace. He led a beautiful ceremony us three developed together that was a life highlight.
I could not give a stronger recommendation for choosing Rabbi Brent to accompany you and your future spouse through your marriage process. If you have questions feel free to get in touch with me via linkedin or twitter https://www.linkedin.com/in/jorschneider https://twitter.com/jordanschnyc?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor.
His work is one of a kind and we could not be more grateful to have chosen him!
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding and our marriage
When you work with Rabbi Brent, you become a member of his congregation - this means you are privy to his wisdom, his kindness, and his generosity as he works personally with you as a couple to plan a memorable wedding ceremony and a meaningful life ahead. We are SO glad we chose to work with Rabbi Brent and would do it over again in a heartbeat.
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