Just like many other traditions, Jewish wedding ceremonies have a traditional processional order. While the order may vary slightly from one Jewish denomination to another (Orthodox vs Conservative vs Reform) or even from one couple to another – most Jewish weddings pretty much follow the same order.
When you’re busy planning your wedding in full throttle, the last thing on your mind is “gee, I should probably get my Ketubah framed”.
And you’re right – compared to the bigger wedding arrangements (like the wedding dress, food, seating arrangements, etc’), framing a Ketubah seems like a minuscule thing, doesn’t it?
Heck, a naive bride might even think: “Pfff, a Ketubah frame? Who the hell needs that?”
That is until your Ketubah is knocked over at the wedding ceremony, someone spills some Kiddush wine on it, or your 8-year-old cousin touches the Ketubah with his greasy hands from the Schnitzel he just ate…
That’s when you realize: “Gee, I wish would’ve framed my Ketubah” …
Moral of the story? Don’t neglect the little things, if the little things can come back and bite you in the as*.
So today, we’re going to apply that moral and learn how to frame your Ketubah properly 🙂
Believe it or not – not only does the Ketubah – the Jewish marriage contract – play a key role in a Jewish wedding, but it’s also one of the most emotional and memorable parts of the Jewish wedding ceremony.
So much so, that married couples often display their Ketubah in their home.
“What the hell”, right?
Don’t worry, there’s a perfectly reasonable (and fascinating) explanation for it…
Now, if you decided to give money to the happy couple (the reason I highlighted the ‘if’ part, is because you can also get them an actual wedding gift… but more on that later), then the next question on your mind must be…
“How much money should I give at a Jewish wedding?”
The short answer?
You should give money in multiples of $18. The number 18 translates to “Chai” (חי), which is Hebrew for “life”. In effect, you’re wishing the couple a long and happy life.
You’re about to attend a special Jewish wedding of a very special someone, and you’re scratching your head thinking:
“What’s an appropriate gift for a Jewish wedding?”
You don’t want to buy the happy couple a gift they’ll never use.
You certainly don’t want them to “blacklist” you for being too. Ehm… cheap.
And you definitely don’t want to embarrass yourself with an inappropriate gift that doesn’t fit the occasion.
Instead, you want to get them something meaningful.
Something useful… You know – something that can actually help a young Jewish couple get off the ground and start their new life together.
Am I right or am I right?
In that case – you’re in the right place.
Because that’s exactly why I created this Jewish wedding gift guide in the first place: to help you find the very best Jewish wedding gift ideas that’ll make the happy couple want to dance the Horah – even after their wedding is over!
People at the party: “Wow, look at you. You’re so ugly!”
Me: “Aww, thanks! That’s so sweet of you!”
Hanukkah (Christmas too… but we’re Jewish, so let’s stick with Hanukkah shall we?) is one of the few occasions where calling someone ugly might be the biggest compliment in the world… IF they’re wearing an ugly Hanukkah sweater (don’t start calling random people ‘ugly’, unless you want to get punched in the face).
But you have to earn your “compliments”, especially nowadays – where everyone is trying hard to out-wit each other with the funniest, most awkward Hanukkah sweaters they can pull off (seriously, it’s like an ugly-pageant out there).
Luckily, you’ve landed in the right place… because I’m about to show you how to WIN the ugly-pageant with the ugliest (and funniest) Hanukkah sweaters ever created!
“You know, you don’t need to wait for a special occasion just to get me flowers”.
I remember saying that to my ex-boyfriend one time; he gave me a death stare in response (that’s not why we broke up though 🙂 ).
Well, guess what? There is a special occasion around the corner. It’s called Hanukkah! So no excuses this time!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to physically drive to the flower shop and pick up some random flowers you know nothing about. Instead, I’m going to show you what flowers are best for Hanukkah. And guess what? It’ll arrive right at your doorstep (there goes another excuse)!
Great! I knew you’d come around!
Gentlemen – get ready to pick up some nice Hanukkah flowers for the people you love!
Ladies – make sure your spouse or boyfriend reads this…