(Closed) Explanation of Jewish wedding traditions – do you have questions?

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I definitely think you should elaborate! Jewish wedding traditions are so beautiful, and so multi-faceted as well. Why don’t you post this in non-Jewish boards–maybe Christian and Interfaith? I assume they would have more questions.

Edit: I see you asked which ones. Oh well, my main point was about the other boards. 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would like to know more about the challah bread. What is the symbolism and tradition involved? I’ve loved your recaps so far, HC!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it’s nice that you want to do this, and I think it might be beneficial to bees who are interested in learning about Jewish weddings. Off the top of my head, some traditions you may want to include: Bedeken, Chuppah, Seven Circles, Kiddush, Ketubah, Sheva Brachot, Breaking the Glass, Yichud, Horah.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Ketubah? Sexist marriage contract? I’d like to know more.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m wondering which ones you can do at an interfaith wedding, and which you could do only at a jewish wedding with a rabbi…I want to incorporate some traditions for FIs fam but I don’t want to offend obvi.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I never understood the glass breaking thing.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Ahhh! Now I’m so excited for Mrs. HC to finish her recaps! So many questions and I want to write paragraphs about them ALL but I will leave that to her. 😀

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Ketubah’s being sexist….best thing I have read all day. Talmud, yes…Ketubot…hahaha

breaking glass = rembering the distruction of the temple

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

What about the chair thing? That just looks scary!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MissHoneyBun and @Monkeygirl: I knew I’d find you girls here. : )

@hermitcrab: I just wanted to say I appreciate you so much! (Lol, if I haven’t already told you that in enough locations – via Twitter, blog comments, etc.) I’m considering conversion, I’m sure I will learn lots more from the rabbi but my main concern is learning as much as possible so as not to offend my future family. (I know that whole statement may be a bit hypocritical as conversion for marriage is offensive to some people, but you can’t please everyone : /) I’m wondering in general, it seems that traditions differ among the reform, conservative, and orthodox, but do they also differ between people who are Ashkenazic or Sephardic?

ETA: Oh and because others have mentioned the glass-breaking, it reminded me – in Mrs. Meatball’s wedding video it looked like both she AND her husband stomped on the glass to break it. I personally loved this variation on the tradition (why should he have all the glass-breaking fun?) – have you ever seen it done this way? Is there any reason why the bride couldn’t stomp the glass as well?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Is there an explanation for putting a ring on the right index finger as opposed to the left ring finger?

And any explanations would be good for me. Boyfriend or Best Friend and I aren’t overtly religious, but he is Jewish, and I want to incorporate some customs, so explanations for each would help. We don’t want the ceremony to scream religious, but I still want to have ties to each faith present.

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