A Ring To Bind Them

We once argued that there is actually no normative halachic objection to, or even custom against, a man directly giving his inamorata an engagement (or any other sort of) ring But as commenters Mendel and Shalom Rosenfeld point out, we missed the stringent position of Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Rav Henkin […]

If They Are Not Prophets, They Are the Sons Of Prophets

daughtersintheparsha writes: I’ll Assume They are Ignorant…. though if you are old enough to get married, and old enough to propose, learn some Halachos. Maybe I’m wrong, in which case, I am humbled. … But this newest thing I noticed on onlysimchas, is proposing with ring! Which to begin with really makes sense. But I […]

Are Diamonds Forever?

Dan Rabinowitz draws our attention to this Slate article, which discusses this SILive.com story: Diamond dispute: She dumps Staten Island man, but keeps ring STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Staten Island man allegedly spurned by his fiancee wants her to return the $17,500 diamond engagement ring he gave her. And he’s going to court to […]