Intermediate The primary purpose of sex is to reinforce the marital bond Sexual desire is not evil, but must be satisfied in the proper time, place and manner Note: This page addresses issues of Jewish law that may not be appropriate for younger readers. In places, it discusses sexual behavior in plain and frank terms. Please exercise appropriate discretion. Trigger Warning: This page explains some traditional Jewish points of view about sex and sexuality that you may find offensive.
The Reality of Sex Outside Marriage
Jewish view of sex, marriage, sexuality
Whether it's reform or strictly orthodox, there are some Jewish wedding traditions that you will definitely see. Some may sound familiar, but knowing what to expect and being versed in the meaning behind what you're watching will make you even more prepared to celebrate. Fasting The wedding day is considered a day of forgiveness, and as such, some couple choose to fast the day of their wedding, just as they would on Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement. The couple's fast will last until their first meal together after the wedding ceremony. Bedeken Before the ceremony, the groom approaches the bride for the bedeken, or veiling.
Jewish views on marriage
A groom breaking the glass Dances at a Jewish wedding in Morocco , early 19th century painting of a marriage procession in a Russian shtetl by Isaak Asknaziy The bride traditionally walks around the groom three or seven times when she arrives at the Chuppah. This may derive from Jeremiah The three circuits may represent the three virtues of marriage: Seven circuits derives from the Biblical concept that seven denotes perfection or completeness.
Learn everything you need to know for attending or planning a Jewish wedding. Jewish weddings are full of Jewish rituals and traditions but not everyone follows all of them. The most common wedding rituals seen today are the ketubah marriage contract , the chuppah wedding canopy , the Sheva Berachot blessing, and the breaking of the glass.