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Hot Russian-Jewish Brides, Traditional Weddings

18. November 2009 by Marie 0 Comments

Want to find your bashert (destined match) in Russia or Ukraine?

 

Jewish wedding trends have survived for milennia in Russia, which used to be home to Europe's largest Jewish population. Though some regional differences have left a mark, here is the essence of a Russian Jewish wedding.

 


The engagement period and the signing of a Ketubah (marriage contract) often preceeds a Jewish wedding in Russia and in Ukraine.

 


The chuppah, or marriage canopy, is set up under a starry night sky, as God promised Abraham that his people would multiply like stars. The bride and groom are escorted to this marriage canopy by their parents, or other stand-in relatives. The canopy itself is held up on four poles by single Jewish men.

 


The ceremony starts with the reading of the Ketubah. The groom is supposed to hand a symbolic gift or dowry to the bride’s father. Depending on the couple's circumstances, it is often a piece of jewelry.

 


Only the bride wears a wedding ring, and this must be perfectly smooth and free from flaws or scratches. The rabbi and witnesses even have to verify its perfection. The groom puts the ring on the bride’s finger and pronounces: “You are hereby dedicated to me by the Law of Moses and Israel.”

 


As is typical in all traditional Jewish weddings, the groom smashes an empty wine glass with his foot to end the ceremony.

 

When the ceremony itself is over, the newlyweds spend about 15 minutes together alone in a special room. No, it's not a mini-honeymoon, it's just a moment for tender words and when the bride comes out of this room, she is officially a married woman.

 


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