(Closed) Moroccan Jewish Henna Wedding VS Regular Wedding

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it depends on the group. I know a lot of older traditional whitebread folk could find a henna wedding very odd. Other people could find it really fun. A traditional wedding is always safe if you have a mix of guests – no one would feel left out.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Why could you not do parts of both? there is too much “white bread” these days. it’s good to preserve other cultures. you’ll be glad you did.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m reviving this thread! 

I want to incorporate henna into my Jewish wedding. I think it’s a great way to honor the diversity of Jewish traditions that my family is built on. My extended family is very diverse, coming from many different cultural, spiritual, and religious backgrounds, so it feels right to incorporate henna. I am planning on having a little henna party with my mom and my sisters a few nights before the wedding (going to invite FI’s mom and sisters so we’ll see if they join us!)

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think it’s weird to have henna at a Jewish wedding. I have been to a lot of Moroccan Jewish henna parties before the wedding, but I’ve never seen it at a wedding.  I think you’re mixing up the traditions…if you want henna don’t say it’s because you’re Moroccan Jewish unless you plan to do it the way the custom actually exists.  You’ll probably end up offending people.  Nothing wrong with doing henna at your wedding if you’re only interested in making it more fun though.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

turningpersian:  Oh we’re planning to do it beforehand as a separate event, not at our actual wedding. There actually lots of different Jewish henna traditions around the Mediterranean, both in Southern Europe and Northern Africa, as well as in the Middle East and India. I am incorporating Jewish art and symbolism into the henna. I drew my own design for my hands and it is partly based on a Medieval Jewish henna design I found online. So taking an old tradition and adapting it to who I am as a Jewish woman in this moment. Here’s more info! http://www.hennabysienna.com/jewish-henna.html

Part of it is that my mom converted to my Judaism and my dad is adopted. Not an ounce of Jewish blood in us (as far as we know! we know my dad’s bio mom wasn’t Jewish but not what his dad was). So I feel like we are standing on the shoulders of all Jewish people across the whole culture, not just “whitebread” as PPs were saying. My rabbi has been very supportive of the way we have incorporated Jewish traditions into our family, including henna at our wedding. I see the henna tradition becoming something that my children might do and pass on to future generations. 

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