JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>

"A Wedding in Town" >from the Yizkor book of Kobylnik (known as Narach since
1964) in northwest Belarus takes us through the incredibly intricate steps
of marriage, >from the making of the match to the celebration of the event.
At play was the would-be bride's age, the labor of the matchmaker, the
negotiation of the dowry and the pedigree of the family. Much of this in
Kobylnik was chewed over by the townspeople at large: "Marriage became a
public topic upon which everybody trampled, and this exaggerated curiosity
only ended when the daughter reached the wedding canopy." Things changed
with the times as youth movements brought boys and girls together, resulting
in marriages without matchmakers or middlemen. But the wedding ceremony
remained unchanged and the author gives a lovingly detailed account of one
such celebration.


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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