Having officiated at many weddings over the years, I sometimes joked to my friends that I was “always the rabbi, never the bride.” But this summer, things have changed: I’m recently engaged and now planning my own wedding.
As a rabbi officiating at weddings, one of my jobs is to help couples think through which Jewish elements they may want to include in their ceremony. Perhaps a chuppah (a Jewish wedding canopy), a ketubah (Jewish marriage document), a breaking of a glass (almost everyone wants that!), the chanting of the seven blessings, etc. Within each of these decisions there are even more choices and questions: what kind of text will be included in the ketubah? Will it employ traditional language which essentially functioned as a legal document or will it be a text with more modern sensibilities? Will the seven blessings be recited in Hebrew or English or both? Which translation will be used? And which explanation of the breaking of the glass will I provide? There are many! I even have some couples now where both partners want to break the glass – how fun!
So many choices.
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