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The Traditional Jewish Wedding Meal

As in other Jewish celebrations, Jewish weddings involve festive meals. The food served during the wedding reception will mainly depend on the ethnic origin and historical backgrounds of the Bride and Groom. Know your historical background. Ashkenazi Jews are of European origin and their menu traditionally composes of meats, roast potatoes and vegetables. Sephardic Jews, [...]

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Dancing in a Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings are festive occasions. Foods, drinks, music and dancing are all part of the festivities. Modern Jewish weddings choose to have secular bands playing for them. Traditional Jewish weddings on the other hand include Hora as their wedding dance. Enjoy your time as a guest in Jewish weddings with the following tips: In secular [...]

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Judge Kimba Wood Responds to Imbalanced Simchas for Jewish Babies

Judge Kimba Wood Responds to Imbalanced Simchas for Jewish Babies

In my second year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, I took a year-long seminar that focused on Jewish life-cycle observances. Of course, we covered all the basics like the bris, the Jewish wedding and the Jewish funeral. But we spent more time discussing life-cycle events that traditionally had been given short shrift. [...]

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Gifts for a Jewish Engagement Party

A Jewish engagement is an important Jewish event in a to-be-married couple’s life.  The engagement party usually follows after the Te’naim (signing of a pre-Ketubah contract which sets out the terms of marriage). A Jewish engagement party is a good time to bring together the families and friends of the bride and groom. The party [...]

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Mitzvah Invitations – Planning in Advance

According to traditional Jewish traditions, the thirteen year old child who is still a fan of Saturday morning cartoons and is not even considering dating or driving anytime soon, is old enough to become a full fledged member of the Jewish congregation. Preparation for this mitzvah ceremony and celebration begins long before the child in [...]

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Traditional Jewish ceremonies

Baby naming ceremonies Every individual is born different. They say that no two individuals are alike, twins may look identical, but not everything about them is the same. But what’s special and unique about each and every one of us, is our names. One of the most exciting times for a parent is naming their [...]

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How to Plan a Jewish Wedding Meal

Just like any other celebration, a Jewish wedding culminates with a festive meal. The food that will be served will mainly depend on the historical background of the couple - Ashkenazi or Jews of European origin, and Sephardi or Jews of Middle Eastern , Spanish and Portuguese origin. Traditionally, kosher food is prepared for the Jewish [...]

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Brachot candies

This ‘Elite’ brand ‘Brachot’ (greetings) toffee candies are fruit flavored. Each candy is wrapped with a multicolored individual paper packing. On each paper packing is printed in Hebrew a blessing (‘Bracha’).There is a custom to throw candies at weddings and bat/bar mitzvah when called to the Torah reading and these candies have been made specially [...]

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