Wedding at Neve Shalom
Then the Lord God said,
"It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.“ Genesis 2:24
According to Jewish teachings, marriage is the most ideal situation for a human being's status and it is the first social institution with the determined by God. Wedding ceremony is usually performed in synagogue in Sephardic communities. The largest synagogue preferred for this ceremony in Istanbul is Neve Shalom Synagogue. Wedding can be held on any day of the week. Although it was deemed appropriate for a virgin girl to marry on Wednesday, it is, however, Sunday preferred for this ceremony in the present day. The wedding ceremony begins with the writing of ketubah that can be considered a marriage agreement. Accordingly, the man signs an agreement that he will provide food, clothing and shelter for his wife and meet her emotional needs. Protecting the woman's rights in Jewish family is so important that the ceremony shall not take place without signing. This text, written in Hebrew and Turkish in Turkey, is the property of the bride and shall be kept in a place easily accessible by the bride during the marriage. The wedding ceremony shall be held under a chuppah representing the home that the young couple plans to build together. That all four sides of a chuppah consisting of a tallet stretched over four poles are open is considered as a symbol of the hospitality that Abraham and Sarah had showed to their people in their tents. Wedding ceremonies that have been held directly under a tallet until recently according to Istanbul traditions are now being held under a chuppah as per the request by young couples.
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