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Professor James A. Diamond of the University of Waterloo provides several academic sources in his paper on how Lavan tricked Yaakov (his answer is basically veil + inebriation). These sources in turn claim that veiling the bride was a common practice in that place at that time, none cite the works of Chazal or the Rishonim in support for this contention.


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This, according to Halachipedia: A wedding on Chanukah If the wedding takes place at night then the groom fulfills his obligation with the lighting in his father's house which took place before the wedding. [35] If the wedding takes place during the day before sunset, the groom [...] doesn't fulfill his obligation with the lighting in his ...


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Nitei Gavriel - Shiduchim V'Tanaim - page 360 - 32:4 actually brings a few different Minhagim. 1 - The mothers break the plate 2 - The fathers break the plate 3 - The Chassan and the two fathers break one plate and the Kallah and the two mothers break a second plate. He does not give any reason as to why those that do it in any particular fashion, do it ...


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Recommendation: just send your regrets that you will not be able to attend. Explaining your issue will only cause hurt feelings, for no good reason. More generally, I see only a few options. Decline while challenging them directly and definitely hurt their feelings. Or decline without challenging them and let them feel you're trying to be respectful about ...


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Like many things in life, this will obviously depend on the specific situation. For example, if the relevant people understand your lifestyle and why you would be sensitive to this issue before it came up would be a very different question than if they are militantly opposed to your zealous bigotry. I had a close relative marry a non-Jew, and I actually ...


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Answer to question 1: Chabad have an article. Key points: Once inside the room, the couple breaks their wedding day fast. It is also a time when the bride and groom customarily exchange gifts. Many grooms use this time to present the bride with a diamond ring.3 The bride also dons all the jewellery which she removed before the chupah. Chabad ...


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What goes on in a yichud room is really supposed to be no one else's business. That's why is called a yichud room ... But, since you want to know, I can speak from my wedding as well as that of my relatives and close friends: First, in most cases, the chassan and kallah are hungry because they have fasted the whole day, and sometimes, the bit of wine ...



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