Wedding day

Monday, January 19, 2009
Henry and I went to a wedding on Saturday. It was beautiful. The bride was gorgeous and the groom was handsome. The bride is the daughter of close friends of ours. Both the bride and groom are Jewish, and their ceremony was a traditional Jewish one. It’s been about 20 years since I’ve been to a Jewish wedding. I don’t remember much about it…I wasn’t very observant at 20 years old. But 20 years later, I was definitely paying attention. A typical Jewish ceremony includes the exchange of vows but also includes many symbols and rituals that are links to the Jewish heritage where as the typical Christian wedding revolves solely around the exchange of vows and rings.

I found the Jewish ceremony to be fascinating. Understanding the symbolism and the rituals made the ceremony much more meaningful than it might have otherwise been considering that I am not Jewish. The rituals add a personal touch to the ceremony that isn’t present in a Christian ceremony. By the conclusion of the ceremony I knew the groom’s core personality traits without ever having met him. It’s always good to expand my cultural horizons…to know that there’s a much larger world out there than my own little world.

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