Judaism - Marriage Notes

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Judaism – Significant Tradition: Marriage
* Genesis 2:18 – “The Lord said: It is not good for man to be alone” * Marriage completes the individual, with God as the third aspect of the partnership. * The Talmud says : ‘when a man is without a wife, he lives without joy” * Kiddushin means ‘satisfaction’ in Hebrew – the word for Marriage * Marriage is more than a spiritual bond between man and woman, it is a partnership, a complication of an individual and the fulfillment of God’s Commandment – go and populate the world. * Genesis 2:21-24 – Woman and man are part of the same entity, therefore there is a natural connection/bond between them. * According to Rabbinic Law, Jewish marriage ceremonies consist of two acts: * Kiddushin: a legal act that occurs when the Groom gives the Bride an object of value. “Behold you are consecrated to me according to the law of Moses and Israel” * Nissuin – the ceremony of the Bride being led under the Chuppah Chuppah: A canopy under which the couple is married, it symbolizes the house or home that the couple will make together Ketubah: The Jewish marriage contract that sets out the responsibilities of the husband and wife to each other. Kiddushin: is the marriage itself in Hebrew. Also translated as “satisfaction” this being what the marriage should be. Shown by the Groom giving the Bride an object of Value.\ Mikvah: A Jewish ritual bath that contains a prescribed amount of ‘living’ water, rain or spring water. Tallit: is a fringed, Jewish prayer shawl that is used by males in daily morning prayer. Yichud: The few minutes that the bride and the groom spend alone together right after the wedding ceremony. Laws and Customs of a Jewish Wedding

Shidduch
* The first stage of a Jewish marriage; matchmaking
* A close family friend or relative suggests that a person meets someone else they believe is compatible to that person * The Talmud states that the couple must also be physically attracted to...
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