Post # 1
We are having a jewish/catholic wedding. The ceremony will be presided over by a catholic priest in a catholic church but we are trying to incorporate some Jewish traditions like the challah at the reception. I’m the catholic so I’m having some trouble thinking of ways to explain challah FI’s parents are generously offering to pay to put challah on each table but the majority of our guests are not Jewish so I was going to put a little card explaining the history of the challah, what it stands for etc.
Help me out please!
Post # 3
The meal is begun with a blessing over a wedding challah (a large braided loaf of egg-rich bread). The blessing is:
Post # 4
I love challah! I never knew it was both delicious AND meaningful.
Post # 5
I didn’t know there was supposed to be challah on the tables… hmm… maybe we can dye it our wedding color! What is the purpose? Fiance is the jewish one here too and he has no idea about anything wedding related.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
We did not have challah on each table – just one large one that was cut ceremoniously in front of everyone while the blessing was said, and then cut into small pieces and handed out to the tables by the caterer
Post # 7
We had challah at our wedding. Since we had an interfaith wedding, we actually had two blessings- one Catholic (done by my Dad), and one Jewish (done by MIL). It was beautiful and everyone loved it. As noted by 2dbride above, my Mother-In-Law did this blessing over the challah and the wine. I think it is a lovely gesture that your FIL’s are offering to pay to have challah at each table. Perhaps you could do that- have your Future Mother-In-Law or Future Father-In-Law stand up and give a brief explanation of the blessing over the challah and wine, and then have them do the actual blessing? And maybe one of your parents could stand up and say a Catholic blessing? It would be a nice way to respect both religions and also involve both parents. Just an idea…
Post # 8
you eat challah before the meals on shabbos and holidays after saying the hamotzi. it’s a reminder that god provides for us.
are you having benchers? you can choose one with explanations of things like challah and the blessings, or print something on your menus.
Post # 9
@kitzy: usually people do one big challah, but small individula challa’s are so cute