Marriages And Jewish Chistian Interfaith Wedding

By Anna Morgan

Today in California, many couples find that it is necessary to incorporate their faiths in bringing about a successful wedding arrangement that is agreeable to both parties. It is the time for a Jewish Chistian Interfaith Wedding and there are some arrangements that need to be made in order for it to be successful. Throwing customs and traditions from both faiths can lead to some confusion though.

In Judaism the wedding ceremony comprises of many different facets and orders. Reading allowed the seven blessings is something that is done in a jewish marriage and has been done for centuries dating back to biblical times. Apart from this a glass is shattered by the groom who stands on it commemorating the destruction of both temples back in the early days of history.

The blessing which goes as such is recited also by groom who repeats it after the Rabbi, I consecrate you to me according with the law of Moses and that of Israel. It is such a pivotal moment in the ceremony that many of interfaith marriages consider this to be apt no matter what their religions are. Food can be a problem served after the ceremony as Jewish laws stipulate that the food must be kosher.

It is a problem easily solved as kosher food can be ordered in and it is not necessary to employ a kosher caterer. There are laws regarding kosher food such as not eating pork and not eating meat and milk together. Meat has to come from an animal that has been slaughtered the kosher way and must be supervised from start to finish. It must be done under the supervision of a certified rabbinical court.

Furthermore, kosher foods such as meats many not be eaten with milk as this is not allowed. With this in mind guests who are kosher may not eat milk products such as cheese or others in the course such as ice cream. One would also have to be mindful not to seat guests who are eating kosher with those that are not as this may be found distasteful.

The meaning of the word kosher can mean genuine or legitimate. Bearing this in mind it should be taken note that whoever the caterer is, they should be well versed in kosher laws and be registered with the Beth Din. This is the rabbinical court who pass judgement on all matters pertaining to Written and Oral Law.

Most couples discuss way beforehand which customs they would like to include and which can be left out. A venue for one is an important decision and some opt not to have the celebration in a Church or neither in a Synagogue or Temple. A private venue is sometimes called for to make this decision a lot easier.

However, it is not impractical to say vows as in most religions. Jews do not customarily do this on this day but it can be well worth the while and add meaning that some have not witnessed before. All in all it is a special day and with the correct preparation will always turn out to be a memorable one.

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