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Why do we incorporate wine in the wedding ceremony?

Wine has a very unique property. Generally, anything physical becomes weaker as time goes on. Food decomposes, buildings crumble, clothes wear out. The...

Does a man "acquire" his wife?

Question:  Dear AskMoses, I read somewhere that there is a concept which refers to jewish weddings as a 'Kinyan' meaning an acquisition and...

May a bride give her groom a ring at the Chupah?

The Short Answer: The Jewish concept of marriage cannot be effectuated through a "double ring" ceremony. The Askmoses Answer: This question is...

Why are candles used when escorting a bride and groom to the Chupah?

In addition to the festive ambiance produced by candles, there are mystical symbolisms to this custom as well. A man has 248 limbs, a woman 252. When they...

Would a Rabbi officate at a wedding on Shabbat and during Sefirat HaOmer?

Question: I have a cousin who is getting married during the Omer and on Shabbat  - would there be a Rabbi who would officiate...

What are the actual 7 blessings of Sheva Brachot?

Ed. note: During the Chupah the blessings are recited in this order, and blessing 1 and 2 are usually recited by the same person. Following...

'Here Comes the Bride', the un-sung wedding song

Question: Why don't they play, "Here comes the bride" at a Jewish wedding? Answer: We have our own beautiful Jewish songs to sing at...

Can you walk me through a traditional Jewish wedding?

Editor’s introduction: following is a brief self-guided tour through the various stages of a traditional wedding. As traditions may vary from...

Wedding Customs Unveiled

Following is a brief explanation of many Jewish wedding customs, beginning with a glimpse into the concept of marriage itself.  Marriage –...

What does 'Kinyan' mean in regards to a Jewish wedding?

Question:  Dear AskMoses, I read somewhere that there is a concept which refers to jewish weddings as a 'Kinyan' meaning an acquisition and...