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This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #ukraine #yizkorbooks


Bruce Drake
 

Those of you versed in the practices and protocols of a respectable marriage in the shtetls of Eastern Europe also know that the path to the wedding involved more than a quick trip to City Hall or a visit to the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas. “Weddings in Our Areas” from the Yizkor book of Mezhirichi, Ukraine methodically and in great detail lays out “the foreshpiel (foreplay)” that began on a Sunday before a Saturday celebration. On Sunday there was the viewing of the dowry trunk. On Monday, the gathering of the groom’s friends to tell stories and partake of refreshments like herring fish and wine. Tuesday was the poor man's day when people from all over the region showed up and received alms from the bride’s father. The aunts arrived on Wednesday. On Thursday, the out-of-town quests started arriving. The "chuppah" (wedding ceremony) was always held on Friday. And finally, the big celebration on Saturday night. 


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD