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Breaking a glass is a ritual frequently performed at Jewish weddings. Check out these other practices and customs you may see the next time you’re at a Jewish wedding.

Take this quiz to test your knowledge about Jewish wedding preparations and rituals.

The eight Transitions & Celebrations: Jewish Life Cycle Guides are intended to be helpful in celebrating and observing the most important Jewish life cycle events. Each guide includes a section of Frequently Asked Questions, Jewish values and traditions relative to the life cycle event, a step-by-step how-to-do the event, a full glossary of Hebrew (with some Yiddish and Aramaic) terms relative to the event, and recommended resources

The most difficult issues in contemporary Judaism revolve around life-cycle events. With the exception of the Days of Awe, Jewish spirituality has shifted from the festivals to the life cycle.

Reform Judaism has changed some aspects of the wedding ceremony, in great part to reflect the equal status of women.

The partnership between the first Jewish husband and wife was not perfect.

Marriage. At its best, it can be the most fulfilling relationship you will have; at its worst, it leaves you feeling discontented and isolated

Ritual immersion in a mikvah (sometimes translated as mikveh), a gathering of living water (mayyim hayyim), marks a change in status. People immerse at a mikvah to celebrate moments of joy, to heal after times of sorrow or illness, or to commemorate transitions and changes.

Although no wedding ceremony is described in the Torah, the institution of marriage began with Adam and Eve. The Book of Genesis portrays God as saying: "It is not good that man should be alone-I will make him a helpmate" (Genesis 2:18).

How to find a rabbi or cantor to perform the ceremony; getting pre-marital counseling; selecting a date.


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