JEWISH WEDDING

JEWISH WEDDING

The wedding usually takes place in a synagogue, although it is not an absolute rule. It is enough to install a wedding canopy, under which the bride and groom stand.

Jewish marriages are traditionally concluded on Sunday afternoons, however, a wedding may be held on all days of the week, except Saturday, that is, devoted to the prayers of the Sabbath.

The bride is wearing a traditional white dress, the men present at the ceremony wear headgear (just like women, though these are not required to cover their heads). Depending on the customs of the commune, men and women separate or not, but families always stand by the canopy. The synagogue is decorated with flowers. The ceremony takes just over an hour. It is accompanied by singing and music.

The ceremony is performed by a rabbi, who first asks the spouses and witnesses to sign the marriage certificate (ketuby), which he prepares personally. This act lists moral obligations

and material spouses. Then the bride and groom with the retinue go under the canopy, where the fiancée stands at the right hand of the future husband. Then the rabbi blesses them, having instructed them in advance of their marital duties. He blesses a cup of wine, which after putting the wedding ring on the bride (basically only a woman wears a wedding ring) and the reading of the "seven blessings" is offered by the newlyweds. Custom wants, that at the end of the ceremony the groom would break his glass. In this way, the tragic event of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is recalled on a joyful day.

The wedding reception is carried out in accordance with common customs.

The newlyweds, as in other cultures and religions, receive wedding gifts.