Traditional Jewish Wedding Gifts

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Traditional Jewish Wedding Gifts
Give a traditional Jewish wedding gift. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Many people spend a considerable amount of time choosing the perfect gift for soon-to-be newlyweds. When the wedding is religion-specific, a little more thought might be needed. You not only want to give a gift that both the bride and groom will enjoy, but you also want to ensure that the gift that you do give is religiously appropriate.

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Wedding Ceremony Broken Glass Keepsake

It's tradition at Jewish weddings for the groom to break a glass, usually a drinking glass but some couples choose a light bulb because it's easier to break. Because this is a tradition, giving a gift that includes the glass broken at the wedding is not only original, but religiously appropriate. There are companies that specialise in creating keepsakes from this broken glass, which display the fragments in containers or glass cubes. It's as simple as obtaining the glass that was broken at the ceremony and sending it to the company that will create the gift for you. Because the gift involves the glass that's broken at the ceremony, the bride and groom would need to give their consent for you to take the glass. You won't have the present for the day of the wedding, but nonetheless, the bride and groom are sure to enjoy a gift that represents their special day.

Engraved Wedding Gifts

The words "Ani L'Dodi, v'Dodi Li" are famous words written by King Solomon and literally translated mean "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." These words can be used to personalise many Jewish wedding gifts, from goblets to a photo album. You could also incorporate these words with the broken glass keepsake as well.

Chuppah Keepsake

At a traditional Jewish wedding, the bride and groom exchange vows under the chuppah. The chuppah is said to represent the new space that the married couple will share during their life together. Use the chuppah as inspiration for a beautiful piece of art, perhaps as a decorative plate or a painting, and can be displayed in the couple's new home. To add a personal touch, you could add the names of the bride and groom.

Shabbat Plate

An occurrence in a traditional Jewish household is the acknowledgement of Shabbat, or the sabbath. In very traditional Jewish households, the Saturday sabbath is typically recognised with a traditional dinner. Give the bride and groom a traditional Shabbat plate that they can use each time they observe the sabbath.

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