Choose your way to get married in Israel

Comment by BadHandshakers on May 28, 2011 at 11:37pm
For those of us who don't know, exactly what is the Jewish Orthodox frame for marriage? Beside banning homosexual marriage. 'Cause there was an interracial couple in the ad. and I was wondering if that is still an issue...
Comment by Sarah on May 29, 2011 at 3:43am

First of all, each citizen in Israel is considered to be a part of a certain religion by the state, even that person doesn't identify as such, it goes by the parents because that's how Jewish law is. I am considered Jewish by the state even though I no longer consider myself Jewish.

Apart from the fact that civil marriage is banned, and that  all the ceremonies have to be held by an orthodox rabbi to be valid, there are many other restrictions. Someone who isn't considered Jewish by the state can't get married to someone who is considered that, because Judaism banns interfaith marriage. Even if someone considers himself Jewish, and only his dad was Jewish, he can't marry another Jewish person in Israel. It follows all the old religious  Jewish marriage rules. It's probably better explained here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_in_Israel

 

Anyway, Israel is probably one of the worst country to be an atheist in. I'm going to get out of here soon!

 

Comment by Robert Karp on May 29, 2011 at 8:26am
Thanks for posting Sarah.
Comment by Robert Karp on May 29, 2011 at 8:29am

BadHand,

Although I dont know all the details, I can tell you I just attended an orthodox wedding and it was not fun.  At no time can the men and women dance together.  The whole thing is very restricted.  The men tried to grab me and make me dance with them but i did not feel comfortable and had to literally yank my arm out of the grasp of the Rabbi. Sarah I would be interested to know if all the weddings have to follow this format or is it only that they have to be married by an orthodox rabbi?

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