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The Uniqueness of The Jewish Wedding Traditions

Updated on October 19, 2012

There are many cultures around the world that celebrate marriage in unique and interesting ways. This is also true for the Jewish wedding traditions whose traditions can be traced back to the Old Testament. There are however many non - Jewish people who may not understand these traditions or who may not even be aware of them.

Jewish wedding traditions can often be seen as strange or overly complex, the fact of the matter is that for Jewish people, these wedding traditions are extremely sacred and all strict orthodox Jews follow these traditions with a strict reverence. The Jewish wedding traditions are actually very interesting and it is recommended that the uninitiated take the time to learn more about these unique cultural traditions and perspectives.

One of the cornerstones of the Jewish wedding tradition is the signing of the Ketubah. The Ketubah can be seen as the document that the wedding couple signs together, it signifies the agreement that they undertake as a married couple and also clearly defines their individual roles within the marriage. The Ketubah is proudly displayed in the home of the newlyweds.

There is a very interesting tradition that is well rooted in traditions dating back to the Old Testament. In this tradition the bride is met at the temple by the groom, before the wedding ceremony begins the groom will lift the bride’s veil. This tradition is based on an Old Testament story in which Jacob was deceived into marrying the wrong woman. The groom learns from Jacob by lifting the veil to ensure that he is indeed marrying the right woman.

Another really unique and interesting tradition is that, unlike traditional western Christian marriages that take place before an altar, the traditional Jewish wedding takes place under a Chuppa which is a covering that symbolizes Gods protection of the couple.

The Rabbi then reads out seven holy blessings before a wine glass is crushed under foot by the wedding couple. This crushing of a glass symbolizes the destruction of the original temple of Israel. It is also interesting to note that strict traditionalist Jewish weddings forbid men and women, other than the bride and groom to celebrate or dance together


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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting.


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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      This is a great insight into Jewish wedding customs. The only one I knew of before I read it was the crushing of the wine glass underfoot and it was good to learn some more about Jewish tradition and wedding practices.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for this, Carrie! I know very little about the Jewish customs, but this helped to fill in some holes in my knowledge.