Essay about A Jewish Marriage Ceremony

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A Jewish Marriage Ceremony In Hebrew, marriage is referred to as Kiddush in (sanctification) or nisuin (elevation). Marrying a Jewish partner is important mainly for the sake of the children, because whether a child is Jewish or not is determined only by its mother. Before the wedding, the bride-to-be goes to the Mikveh, the special immersion pool where women go to cleanse themselves from impurity (usually menstruation) and to start fresh. In this case, the woman goes as she is starting a new life with her fiancé. Before the wedding the man goes to the synagogue and they throw nuts and sweets at him to symbolize sweet life with his bride-to-be. Both the man and woman fast on the day of…show more content…
The next stage is the BLESSINGS; the Rabbi recites two blessings over a cup of wine. The first is the blessing always recited before drinking wine (which the bride and groom will do shortly). The second praises God for sanctifying the people of Israel by His commandments about Marriage. The wine is then passed from the groom to the bride who will drink from the same cup, this shows that they are becoming as one. The fifth stage of the ceremony is the GIVING OF THE RING by the groom. The groom puts the ring on the bride’s right index finger and observed by two witnesses says, ‘behold, you are consecrated to me with this ring according to the Law of Moses and Israel. After the giving of the ring, is the READING OF THE KETUBAH. This is simply when the marriage contract is presented to the bride. The seventh stage of the ceremony is when the SEVEN BLESSINGS are given to the couple, usually by their family and friends. The eighth stage of the ceremony is the BREAKING OF A GLASS done with the groom (it will be wrapped in paper for safety). The sound of breaking is a symbol of destruction calling to remind of then ancient Temple. The last stage of the marriage ceremony is when the couple ‘RETIRES’, they go to a room for their first moment of privacy as a married couple. Traditionally, the ceremony is followed by a celebration and festive meal at which friends and family rejoice and
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