Wedding Ceremony Merges Tradition and Egalitarianism

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The covenantal language of the nissuin ceremony that ordinarily follows kiddushin might seem like an appropriate place for the sentiments I expressed, but we chose not to change it and to instead develop kesharin, lest we imply that kiddushin is more for the man and nissuin for the woman. In our eyes, this would be an unfortunate shortchanging of nissuin, whose seven benedictions culminate with God's own rejoicing with the bride and groom.

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Cheryl Beckerman is a writer and editor living in Jerusalem with her husband, daughter, and son.