Dear Fellow Lakewood Residents, A great big Mazal Tov to Tzviki and Riki Feuer on their marriage! A great applause to them for being the first couple to have their wedding on Erev Shabbos in Lakewood in recent times.
Really, making weddings on Friday is nothing new. In fact, Yaakov Avinu and Leah Emainu’s chupa took place on Erev Shabbos (Ayin Sefer Hanisuin Kehilchosom, Perek 5, footnote 18).
The Erev Shabbos wedding is discussed at length in the Poskim.
There are two phenomenal advantages to making a wedding on Erev Shabbos:
1) Having the Chupa on Erev Shabbos and then having the seuda Friday night (Sheva Berachos) saves the families the big expense of the wedding meal. You can still have a beautiful Chupa, pictures, music and a regular first dance. Shabbos Sheva Berachos are being made anyway. True, there are many details that have to be worked out. But for those who have made weddings, and spent many years paying off Gmach loans (even with Takonos Weddings), it would seem that Friday weddings may relive the financial strain that so many families are under (and have to start supporting the young couple now, too).
2) The second advantage is the untold hours of Limud Torah that would be saved if weddings were moved to Erev Shabbos. How many night seders are cancelled due to weekday weddings? Most people don’t have sedarim on Friday afternoons. So many hours of Torah learning would be gained. What a great zechus for a new couple and their families!
So, what are we proposing? The advantages of Friday weddings are too great to ignore. In previous discussions, we have not met anyone who is against the Friday wedding. The only issue is that “it’s not done”. Well, something worthwhile “should” be done and then we can say “it is done”.
An organization, called Likras Kallah, is forming to explore and promote the possible benefits of Friday weddings. Anyone with a serious interest in this matter is invited to join. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries will be kept confidential. Be like Nachshon Ben Aminadav and other great Tzaddikim who saw a need and jumped in! Thank you!
The Likras Kallah Committee
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