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Jewish Wedding: The Rituals

Jewish WeddingWhether you and your partner are both of the Jewish community, or only one of you is practicing, it is important to know the rituals that tend to go with a Jewish wedding. These rituals are important the couple, the family, and the community that will help support the newlyweds on their special day and forward. So what are the common rituals of a Jewish wedding?

  • The Tish- A Jewish wedding typically starts with the groom’s tish. He will attempt to give a lecture on the Torah while his male family members and friends continuously interrupt him and heckle him. The bride is in another room being entertained by her female friends and family. The tish is meant to be a fun beginning to the wedding and shouldn’t be taken extremely serious.
  • The Ketubah Signing- This is the signing of the wedding contract. The contract is signed by the groom, two male witnesses, and the rabbi. In other congregations, the bride may also sign the contract. The ketubah highlights all of the rights held by the bride in the marriage.
  • The B’deken- The b’deken is known as the veiling of the bride. This is the first time that a bride and groom will see each other before their wedding. The men guide the groom the room where his bride waits with her ladies. The groom will then lower the veil over his bride, which sets her apart from the rest of the women. It also indicates that the groom is mainly interested in the inner beauty of his new bride.

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