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Kiddushin: (a) Betrothal. The first stage of the Torah-mandated wedding process. Kiddushin is accomplished beneath the chupah (wedding canopy) when the groom giving the bride the ring. Kiddushin actually renders the bride and groom full- fledged husband and wife except that the couple may not live together as husband and wife until the second stage, the nisu'in, is completed. (b) A tractate of the Talmud that discusses the laws of kiddushin.
The chupah is a combination of two distinct and complex halachic processes. This article will navigate you through the first part -- Kiddushin.
The Jewish marriage is a two-stage process. What is the legal and mystical significance of these two stages?
Before the betrothal, the officiating rabbi recites the following blessings: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ-יָ אֱלֹהֵ-ינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ-יָ אֱלֹהֵ-ינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל הָע...
Halachic components of betrothal and marriage, and their mystical dimension
The Mitzvah of Marriage
Demystifying the Jewish Wedding Procedure
The Evolution of Marriage
How the giving of the Torah forever transformed the nature of marriage and simultaneously the relationship between G-d and His people. (Likutei Sichos vol. 39, Ki Seitzei: Sicha 3)
Commitment and love are the two most basic components of marriage, and they are the foundation of our relationship with G‑d too. This concept explains the joyous nature of the Tu B’Av holiday.
Must you attend your own wedding?
Personal Touch
Explore the underlying principle related to the advantage of personal involvement in the performance of a Mitzvah.
Analyses of Talmud Tractate Kiddushin
The Value of a Debt
What is the real value of a promissory note? What happens if one hands over an IOU in order to effect a kiddushin (betrothal) transaction? Is the transfer of a debt equivalent to the transfer of funds for this purpose? What about for a pidyon haben (redee...
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