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Sixth & I

The Myth of the “Authentic Jewish Wedding”

Nov 19, 2009 • 7:30 pm ET
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Whether you are getting ready for your big day or are a cultural anthropologist at heart, come listen as Professor Vanessa Ochs uncovers the truth behind Jewish wedding practices. Learn the origins of the chuppa, ketubah, seven blessings, and the breaking of a glass. Some of the practices that we now consider iconic were contested when they were introduced. Considering the ways that Jewish wedding practices have changed allows us to see the current wedding rituals in a different light. Dr. Ochs is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where she teaches courses in Judaism, anthropology of religion, and spiritual writing.