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Bruce Drake
 

“Weddings in our areas” from the Yizkor book of Mezhirichi (Ukraine) describes the elaborate choreography over the course of a week that leads up to the wedding ceremony.
On Sunday began the foreshpiel (foreplay) at the bride's home her friends were invited to see the dowry trunk ... Monday was the day for the groom's friends for whom there would be all sorts of herring fish and wine, cake and cognac, while recounting memories of bachelorhood … Tuesday was the poor man's day when a meal was served and the bride's father handed out alms and the guests sang and danced till evening ... On Wednesday, the aunts arrived ... On Thursday, more arrivals, this time the out-of-town guests … The "chuppah" (wedding ceremony) was always held on late Friday … The big celebration is held on Saturday night after the Havdalah, the ceremony marking the close of the Sabbath day, when the public is invited to the "wedding" for a celebration brought alive by dancing.

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Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


Susan J. Gordon
 

Thanks for this, Bruce. Your info is always interesting; apparently, weddings were held on Shabbat. I never heard that before.
Susan
Susan J. Gordon
sjgwed@...
ZBARAZH - Bialazurker (Billow in US)
SKALAT - Lempert (Lambert in US), Schoenhaut
LVOV - Lempert


On Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 12:20 PM, Bruce Drake wrote:
The "chuppah" (wedding ceremony) was always held on late Friday


ramot418@...
 

Susan -
I think you misread what Bruce posted.
Jewish weddings were NEVER held on Shabbat.
Bruce writes that the Chuppah was held "late Friday" - BEFORE Shabbat, and the celebrations continued AFTER Shabbat
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Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Researching:
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania


Susan J. Gordon
 

Hi and Steve's input is valued, but "late Friday" means Shabbat to me. But maybe it was mid-summer, and still daytime. If would be interesting to know the time of year when the wedding took place, and where. This is not to say that Bruce's efforts are not appreciated, because he does a terrific job, and deserves a big thanks! 

Susan J. Gordon