Weddings

By Israel Medres

Young men and women often went to the movies. If a young man cast his eye on a girl he liked, he invited her to the cinema. Later he would ask her to the Yiddish theatre, when he had already decided that he would become her fiancé. If a young man and young woman appeared together at the Yiddish theatre everyone knew they were engaged. Going to see a film did not have the same significance. When a young man invited a girl to a movie it did not mean that he was under any obligation to her.

The wedding was usually arranged for a Sunday evening in a hall…The ceremony was simple. It was conducted either by an orthodox rabbi or a reverend. Under the khupah, the wedding canopy, no English was spoken. The bride was expected to cry as she made her way to the khupah, but quietly, not out loud. The groom was also supposed to look as solemn as possible.

Jewish Montreal of Yesterday, p. 105

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