Inside An Orthodox Jewish Wedding

Hi Yaakov Langer here. Here is a glimpse into my good friends, Lavi & Nechama Greenspan’s wedding.

Here’s a break down of what goes on: If you’ve been invited to an Orthodox Jewish wedding and are unfamiliar with the ceremony, it’s important to understand the traditions involved. Hopefully this video gives you insight into it. Orthodox Jewish weddings follow the Torah strictly and have customs that differ from Christian and other Jewish weddings (reform, conservative). During the Tish, the groom, groomsmen, and male family members gather in a room for prayers and songs before the ceremony. At the Tena’im, the terms of the wedding are agreed upon and the wedding contract is signed. The Bedeken involves the groom veiling the bride, symbolizing her inner and outer beauty. The wedding ceremony takes place under a chuppah, an arch symbolizing the couple’s union. The bride walks around the groom seven times, the groom gives her a simple wedding band, and seven blessings are recited. The groom then breaks a glass. Mazel Tov! They’re officially married. After the ceremony, the bride and groom are alone for the first time as a married couple, witnessed by two people according to Jewish law. The reception follows as a time for guests to celebrate with the couple. Other important points to note at an Orthodox Jewish wedding include: conservative dress code, separate seating and dancing for men and women, and weddings taking place on Sundays through Thursdays.

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