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The standard dowry in Biblical times was 50 shekels = 200 zuz; that was fixed into the law at 1 shekel = half a troy ounce of silver. Note that it says "like the dowry of maidens", not "this maiden's …
answered Oct 14 '16 by Shalom
I was told by a Yekkish (German-Jewish) rabbi that backs-to-the-crowd is the German custom because the Talmud says you don't just walk into the city street and proclaim marriage to someone. (רב מנגיד …
answered Aug 6 '15 by Shalom
wedding, which made no sense. The late Rabbi Moshe Feinstein reformulated the document, for use right before the wedding. It states: All claims and reservations have been settled between all … parties; all that remains is that the couple wed and share together. It could be used in case the day after the wedding, the father-in-law says "hey wait, I was supposed to be paid $1000 if this …
answered Sep 4 '11 by Shalom
seen in wedding invitations after the groom's name, assuming he's relatively young. Traditional wedding invitations would use תחי׳, short for תחיה -- "may she live" -- concerning the bride. When many … "may she illuminate the world with her spiritual brilliance." With the advent of modern medicine and education, it's not-uncommon for wedding invitations of a modern bent to use נ"י for both bride and …
answered May 7 '15 by Shalom
loosely as "with the person suited to him." My impression is this was the more traditional wedding notation, at least printed in the direction from the groom to the bride. "Im bechirat libo/liba", "with …
answered Jan 12 '15 by Shalom
this as the "bad seed argument." The problem is that people can change. Sadly, maybe at the moment of the wedding he was not the sort of person who could do such a thing, but three years later, who …
answered Apr 20 '16 by Shalom
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein says yes, "if needed". (I.e. there's a legitimate reason why you couldn't do the wedding a day or two earlier.) His cousin-once-removed, Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik, said no … conclude that the fast-day prayers don't start until day; that opinion has stronger Talmudic support; and the whole no-three-weeks-wedding thing is a custom, so we should be lenient in cases of doubt." Hat tip Joseph Kaplan and others. …
answered Jun 27 '11 by Shalom
I've seen #2 and #3 at Sephardic weddings outside of Israel (I believe the officiating rabbi was of Algerian ancestry) as well. So I'd assume it's more of an Ashkenazic/Sephardic split than a Jerusale …
answered May 26 '15 by Shalom
planning the wedding of one of his sons, where the bride's parents asked if he'd officiate. Rabbi Schachter replied: "Well ... if you do the wedding in the daytime then it should be someone else … ; if we do the wedding at nighttime then we're not trying to accommodate the court-function opinion, so then I could officiate. What do you want to do?" "Then we want the wedding at night!" The …
answered Sep 30 '12 by Shalom
Most commonly, mesader kiddushin is a rabbi that the groom trusts. (Though it has been proposed that theoretically, it should be whichever rabbi the majority of the crowd knows/trusts/prefers.) Beyond …
answered Nov 7 '16 by Shalom
wedding, at which she'll be expected to kiss him. (I guess it's just a huggy-kissy kind of family.) Answer: it's not so much Halachically prohibited as frowned upon, which gives some leniency. But better to explain the situation to him if you can. …
answered Jan 29 '10 by Shalom
First question: the mishna at the beginning of tractate Kiddushin makes it clear that the only way a Jewish married woman is allowed to marry someone else is either with a Get (a Jewish divorce), or i …
answered Sep 13 '17 by Shalom
Twizzlers; fruit gems; dried apricots; raisins (even if they're in a little box, shouldn't be that painful when thrown).
answered Feb 8 '11 by Shalom
Firstly, because it's traditional, going back to the Bible. Rebecca wore a veil for her marriage, as did presumably Rachel/Leah. I think the transparency is just a matter of modern convenience, so s …
answered Sep 2 '10 by Shalom
The Talmud talks about having shushbinin -- close friends -- escort the bride and groom, to the point that someone who was shushbin at your wedding can't testify in court about you, as the personal … connection is too tight. What is still found today is having one good friend (each) serve as "honor escort", (shomer) for the bride/groom: for a day or two before the wedding, the bride-and-groom-to …
answered Sep 9 '13 by Shalom

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