Jan 20, 1998 - 10:27 -
I have a question:
What are the times of the year (between which
holidays or observences) is it NOT allowed to have a wedding?
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How I found this site:
Most dates are fine, but some are banned because the joy of the wedding
would conflict with the prescribed spirit of mourning on that date,
or compete with the prescribed spirit of joy on that date.
The times when no marriages may take place:
- Public joyous days, such as Sabbaths, Festivals (including intermediate
days), Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.
- Private joyous days. For example, two brothers could
not marry on the same day.
- Public mourning days, such as (under any circumstances) Tisha B'Av;
and (under ordinary circumstances) the Tenth of Tevet, the Fast of
Gedaliah, the Fast of Esther, the Seventeenth of Tammuz, the
three weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and Tisha B'Av; and
(with some exceptions that differ between Sephardim and Ashkenazim)
the thirty-three days from Passover to Lag B'Omer.
- Private mourning days, such as (under any circumstances)
during shiva, and (under ordinary circumstances) during shloshim.
Two excellent compendiums of Wedding Customs are:
in Heaven, by Aryeh Kaplan, is an excellent compendium of inspirational
wedding customs, which can be ordered on-line at: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0940118114/thelearnersminyaA/
Jewish Way in Love and Marriage, by Maurice Lamm, is a thorough
compendium of wedding-related Jewish laws, which can be ordered
on-line at: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0824603532/thelearnersminyaA/