Wedding traditions in Israel


Traditionally, marriage in Israel consists of rigorous preparation by the couple, who do not see one another for a few days beforehand so that they are pure.

The religious ceremony is also marked by very specific steps with the rabbi who follows the preparations with the couple. Then a beautiful evening follows which is attended by all the guests but the celebration does not usually last all night because long hours have already been spent in religious ceremonies.

Indeed, marriage in Israel is prepared with the utmost seriousness with the rabbi as it is essential to be pure and repentant. The preparations begin several months in advance. Among the various steps of this preparation, the best-known is the mikveh, which consists of the bride and groom bathing to achieve complete symbolical purification: they each carry out this ritual on their own side surrounded by their loved ones.

One common wedding tradition in Israel is not to see one another before the wedding but some couples still do: it is now tolerated as it is necessary for the wedding preparations.

Marriage in Israel is above all a religious ceremony that follows strict rules as the rabbi, who has "coached" the bride and groom before the big day, proceeds in stages during the celebration, reading sacred texts.

A ketubah, or marriage contract, is signed in the presence of two witnesses before the wedding ceremony.

The Jewish marriage ceremony takes place under a large canopy called a chuppah, in the center of which are the bride and groom, their witnesses and also their parents. Before entering the chuppah, the bride must wait for the groom to cover her face with her veil. This is a stage of paramount importance at a Jewish wedding, which means she is now his wife. Another feature of a Jewish ceremony is that a ring owned by the groom is given to the bride under the canopy.

The bride and groom retire with their guests to celebrate a religious marriage before beginning the festivities. The rabbi who has followed the couple in the process of purification, takes them off to finalize this union. This is also the moment when the bride and groom exchange rings and the rabbi, having blessed the union of the couple, can also bless certain guests who join the couple in the chuppah.

Finally, another typical custom completes the Jewish religious marriage ceremony. This is to break the glass from which the couple drinks. With this symbolic gesture, it means somehow that is one is present at the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem.

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