Category Archives: Wedding

Wedding – The Henna Feast

The Henna Feast takes place a couple of days before the wedding, in the Babylonian tradition. Only close friends and relatives are invited. Henna is mixed with water and some glitter to form a doughy paste. It is shaped into … Continue reading

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Wedding – Mazinka

At the wedding of a daughter (more recently the last child either male or female), the children placed the parents in the center of a circle and dance the “mazinka” around them. It is a special dance, and the music … Continue reading

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Candle Ceremony

A candle lighting ceremony based on a story from Ba’al Shem Tov (the Besh’t, the founder of Hasidism), is described in The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant. There are three candles; two are lit by two honorees. The bride and groom … Continue reading

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Wedding – The Glass/Glasses

We had wine glasses printed with our own wedding designs as favors and gifts for our guests. The first glass out of the box became the one that we broke in the ceremony (some have used a light bulb, because … Continue reading

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Wedding – Chupah

The Chupah can be made from various things, as long as it is “temporary.” A wonderful tradition is to make one from a family heirloom tablecloth or bedspread. One can bind the edges with silk or decorate with a variety … Continue reading

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Tallit-Tzitzit Tying Ceremony

We make our own tallit, by first selecting a favorite fabric. We have the Atara embroidered or specially decorated. The night before the mitzva event, we have a gathering where all the close friends and relatives help tie the Tzitzit … Continue reading

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