When I originally wrote my post on Jewish traditions, I had some requests to give some more detail. Not one to disappoint, here is “A Goose Guide to Jewish Weddings.”
- The Chuppah. The chuppah is a canopy where a Jewish couple stand during their wedding ceremony. It represents the home the couple will build together, and is open on all four sides to invite guests into their home, just as Abraham and Sarah’s tent was open on all four sides.
A similar chuppah to what Gander and I are choosing / Photo credit: Candi’s Floral Creations
- Ketubah. The ketubah is a marriage document, signed by two Jewish witnesses not related to the couple. Traditionally, it outlines the groom’s responsibilities to his bride, including how much she is to be paid in the case of divorce or death. The more modern Reform ketubah is more egalitarian, and states the couple’s commitment to each other and to building a Jewish home.