Nick Landau <nick@...>
Subject: Re: synagogue marriages in EnglandI am sure that you are wrong. A Christian friend of mine was marrying a
divorcee. They were first married in a registry office and then the
marriage was blessed in Church. I know that is not quite the same thing but
it is similar.
There are legal reasons why it might be prudent to be made husband and wife
and to travel as so although the couple might wish to travel to another
country, to celebrate with family etc, to have the religious service.
I believe it is not uncommon for Muslims to be married in a civil service
in the UK and to have a religious service in the Indian sub-continent.
Likewise I would have thought that denominations that are not registered
for marriage would use the civil facilities and then carry out their own
If the rabbi had been carrying out something illegal I think that he had
chosen the wrong boys to make up the minyan because I don't think our
parents woudl have condoned something that was not above board.