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Sorry, but, yet another unfamiliar marriage-related question...

One of my distant cousin's daughter is engaged. Her mother told me that in lieu of sending gifts towards a bridal registry, she has asked people to donate to a "Binyan Bayis Fund." I'm familiar with a "hachnosat kallah" fund, but, generally, the ones that I know are public funds where the collected donations are allocated to brides in some way.

I'm assuming that this "Binyan Bayis fund" may be similar, but, I gather that this is a private fund specifically for this bride. This is the first time that I am hearing this term.

Is someone familiar with what this is? Is this a minhag in certain communities? Is one expected to donate physical gifts or only money? Is there any suggested / average amount that people donate?

  • It sounds like its just a cute name (based on this) for raising money. While it has a Hebrew name, I wouldnt assume there is anything Jewish about this. – mevaqesh Dec 12 '17 at 1:10
  • @mevaqesh it definitely is based on that definition of the word "bayit". But, as I've not heard of this before, I wonder if this is becoming a new trend as the Shidduch resume has become, or is this an idea that my cousin invented. – DanF Dec 12 '17 at 14:59
  • What does some trend have to do with Judaism? Seems like Jews; not Judaism. – mevaqesh Dec 12 '17 at 15:02
  • @mevaqesh Agree. But, again, I don't know what this even is. It could be a revived minhag, for all you and I know. – DanF Dec 12 '17 at 15:03
  • By that reasoning everything done by Jews is on topic. Since they could Have to do with Judaism. Even random non Jewish practices could have to do with Judaism... – mevaqesh Dec 12 '17 at 15:07

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