Friday, December 9, 2016

Shabbat Around the Table -- Vayetse

In this week's parshaVayetse, Jacob leaves his home, arrives in Haran, and immediately falls in love with his cousin Rachel. He wants to marry her, but is tricked into marrying her older sister, Leah, instead. Leah had worn a veil during the marriage ceremony and Jacob hadn't realized she wasn't Rachel. From this story arises the custom of bedeken in a Jewish wedding: the groom (after checking to make sure the bride is who he thinks it is!) covers the bride's face with a veil.

What a perfect week to dig up your wedding photos, video, or memorabilia and share your family's story with your children. They'll probably be surprised to learn that there was a time in your life when they weren't in it!

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