Marriage in Judaism: The Jewish Wedding

You may not need a rabbi but you will need a ring. The process consists of two parts: the engagement and the wedding itself.

The importance of marriage in Jewish tradition is grounded in the Bible, with God declaring before he creates Eve to be Adam’s “helpmeet” that “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). And indeed, the institution of marriage as it has developed in Judaism transmits the clear message that companionship is no less important a reason for marrying than the commandment to...