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Jewish Weddings

Whether you’re planning one or attending one, these short videos explain Jewish wedding traditions, and the many ways that couples have found of personalizing them.


Heading to a Jewish wedding? Don’t be in the dark! There’s a lot of variation that you can expect, but just a few basic ingredients make up the core. Watch the video here or on our Youtube Channel.

 


So, you want to get married? Here are seven Jewish customs and traditions to know about before you meet under the Chuppah. Watch the video here or on our Youtube Channel.

 


Sure it’s fun to break things, but that’s not the only reason that we break the glass at Jewish weddings! There are many different interpretations of this tradition; we’ve collected three. Watch the video here or on our Youtube Channel.

 
 


Learn about the Jewish ritual around immersing in water called the mikvah and why you might want to take the plunge.

 


There’s a lot of emphasis in Judaism on stopping to recognize special moments. Some do this in the form of a prayer or a blessing for the first time they are doing something new. Take a moment to learn this prayer, so the next time you find yourself in a first, you’ll know what to say.

 


The Jewish wedding canopy, or chuppah, is one of the most recognizably Jewish objects. It is a symbol of intimacy that partners share, and the home they will create. Watch the video here or on our Youtube Channel.

 


Marriage is about making a strong partnership. The marriage contract, or ketubah, formalizes some of these agreements, and there are many different ways to make it personal. Watch the video here or on our Youtube Channel.

 


Jewish weddings are full of ritual, solemnity, and… dancing! Watch the video here or on our Youtube Channel. When Hava Nagila starts playing, you don’t want to be the only one in the room who doesn’t know the horah!

 


Something Old, Something New: Two Wedding RitualsWatch the video here or on our Youtube Channel

A Ketubah for EveryoneWatch the video here or on our Youtube Channel

Celebrating a Same Sex Wedding with Ancient TraditionsWatch the video here or on our Youtube Channel.

A New Take on Breaking the GlassWatch the video here or on our Youtube Channel.


 
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