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Ruth Gay writes in her book on German Jewry (Jews of Germany) that in most of the Rheinland communities, a communal wedding ring would be used. Given that the kinyan must be done with something unconditionally owned by the groom and the item used for kinyan subsequently becomes the property of the bride,* communal rings seem not to work well.

Given these concerns, what are the halachot of communal wedding rings and how were they used for centuries without becoming an issue ?


*See this article on Torah Musings

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  • Perhaps this was by the reform? Mar 20 at 10:50
  • @GershonGold, extant communal wedding rings date in some cases to the rishonic period, so I doubt it Mar 20 at 14:12
  • @GershonGold, further, by the time that we see the first development of liberal Judaism, German kehillot were in a much better financial position, presumably obviating the need for such an institution Mar 21 at 14:56

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