The Ceremony

In principle, the Rabbi conducts ceremonies of all kinds: traditional , liberal and secular ceremonies. the exect nature of the ceremony will be determined with the couple.

 

Advanced wedding ceremony:

The Jewish wedding ceremony consists of the continuity principle of the Jewish nation - the construction of a new Jewish house. In Jewish tradition, marriage is perceived as sacred and as something that is a part of our human nature. The Reform movement believes that a family cell should be based on the values ​​of equality, partnership and true love between the couple. Therefore, the moment of the creation of the marriage bond, the holy matrimony, should reflect the splendor and beauty of marriage life, and express these values.

Wedding ceremony of Progressive Judaism Reform: about the similarities and differences:

The similar:

The reform Jewish wedding ceremony is conducted according to the principles of progressive Judaism and is a traditional ceremony that includes all the ingredients necessary to be a religious wedding on all customs. Wedding ceremony took place under the "Chuppah" (canopy) is a symbol of the home and the family that the couple will establish. The ceremony itself has the blessings of engagement, exchange of rings, reading of the Ketubah, the seven blessings and the breaking of the glass. Progressive Judaism places great importance on the couple's understanding of the nature of religious and traditional elements in the ceremony.

The different:

Two main principles distinguishing the wedding ceremony and set him apart from the Orthodox ceremony:

1) Absolute equality between the spouses

Gender equality is a fundamental value in progressive Judaism. Orthodox wedding ceremony commemorates the ancient concept of property – the groom gives the bride a ring and the Ketubah and thus acquires ownership. In the advanced wedding ceremony the couple honors one another. The validity and strength of the mutual Kiddushim stem from the mutualism of the obligations of the bride and the groom. The exchange of rings is a symbol of equality, true partnership and love. The principle of equality is also reflected in the written text of the Ketubah, which is the couple's statement about their commitment to each other.

2) Including the couple in the ceremony making and in its messages

The marriage ceremony is one of the most important and special moments in one's life. The reform movement believes that it is the right and the duty of spouses to become involved in the designing of the messages they convey in front of their families and friends in their wedding day so that it will reflect the true nature of the relationship between them. The couple is invited to take part in designing the wedding ceremony with the rabbi that will guide and instruct them. (by selecting different versions of blessings, combining family and friends blessings, adding readings and poetry, and more.)