Wedding season is in full swing and if you’re planning a Jewish wedding ceremony, we’ve got the scoop on Jewish wedding ring customs. As in many other traditions, wedding rings play an important role in the Jewish wedding ceremony. In fact, according to Jewish law a simple verbal declaration is not enough to be married.
A formal physical consecration of some sort must be made before a couple is considered married. In ancient times this exchange usually involved a gold or silver coin. Today, a Jewish wedding band is used to seal the deal.
Who gets a Jewish wedding ring?
According to orthodox Jewish traditions, only the bride received a ring at the wedding ceremony. However archaic it may seem, the act of placing a ring on the bride’s finger actually meant that the groom acquired her as his wife in exchange for the value of the ring. Yes, times were different back then, and so were the rules!
In modern ceremonies, both the bride and the groom exchanges Jewish wedding rings as a symbol of true partnership, mutual love and respect.
So what exactly is a Jewish wedding ring?
First things first — absolutely no stones allowed. An authentic Jewish wedding ring is a simple, solid band made of gold or silver. While embellishments, like etchings and inscriptions, are acceptable, the ring itself should have no other breaks or interruptions. Our ancestors believed that smooth rings portended an untroubled and everlasting marriage. For many couples today, the continuity of the solid band is a reminder of eternal love and unwavering stability.
It goes on which finger?
In Jewish tradition the wedding ring is placed on the index finger of the right hand. There are many interpretations for this, but the most recognized Talmudic explanation is that the index finger is considered the closest to your heart.
And now you know!
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