Ancient Jewish Wedding Customs and Torah
Do you know that the Ancient Jewish Wedding customs are governed by the Torah or the sacred book of the Jews?
Interestingly, Jewish weddings are arranged by the parents of the bride and the groom and you would find that neither the bride nor the groom is involved in the initial discussion. The process begins with the Shiddukhin. The Jewish marriage customs also include Mohar, dowry, written contract, betrothal ceremony, chuppa, Nissuin and Shofar. A few of these customs are close to Islamic marriage customs.
Shiddukhin and Mohar; Match Making
The Shiddukhin in ancient Jewish Wedding custom is the wedding proposal. The Father of the groom initiates the talks of marriage with the father of the bride. He may contact the father of the bride directly or through an agent. The Brides father considers the choice of the groom and obtains the consent of his daughter to proceed.
If the proposal is acceptable to both parties, the father of the groom gives the father of the bride the Mohar or the bride price.
You know, Mohar is the amount that is required by the Jewish law to be paid by the father of the groom to the father of the bride. The amount that is paid is indicative of the value of the bride.
Once the Mohar has been exchanged as per the ancient Jewish wedding customs, the groom is free to express his love for the bride. He can give the bride a love gift called the Mattan. This is not compulsory, but is normally given by the groom as an expression of his love.
The father of the bride does not want his daughter to be ill equipped in her new home. He provides her with a part of her inheritance as dowry or Shiluhim.
The Contract of Marriage: Ketubah and Kiddushin
You may be aware that the contract of marriage in Jews is confirmed with a written document called Ketubah. This document sets out the details of the agreement between the father of the bride and the groom; the amount of Mohar that was given as bride price; the rights of the bride in her new home and the promises of the groom.
This contract is further ceremoniously sealed with Kiddushin or the betrothal ceremony as per the ancient Jewish wedding customs. The groom then agrees to prepare the marriage consummation chamber or Huppah or Chuppah. The bride undergoes a ceremony of purification or Mikveh and pledges undistracted devotion to the groom and waits in anticipation for the wedding day.
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