Monday, June 13, 2011

Back to the Mitzvah

Last week I talked about how I was drawing inspiration from my bat mitzvah as well as other b'nai mitzvahs I've been to for the wedding. Except I never quite got into specifics. So in case you wanted to know what exactly inspiration I'm taking I figured I'd help you out!

The Horah
In my opinion this is the most obvious one. I've done the horah so many times I could probably do it in my sleep. And going up on the chairs? That is definitely getting done. I remember having a blast up there as a 13-year-old, but have a feeling now it'll be a little scarier. And holding onto the chair one-handed like Mrs. Hermit Crab is doing up there? Well that just scares me, but even so I'm looking forward to it.

Challah & Hamotzi
While we didn't start off the dinner at my bat mitzvah with a big over sized challah we did lead everyone in hamotzi (basically a blessing over the meal). I would love to be able to have a huge oversize challah to start of the night, but even if that doesn't happen would still like to lead hamotzi over the meal.

Doing the Time Warp
Not what you were expecting? Now I've never actually seen Rocky Horror Picture show. But growing up the time warp was a b'nai mitzvah circuit staple. I think it was played at almost every one. And when it wasn't, I definitely noticed. I know the words, I know the dance moves, and I hate to say but I'm looking forward to it.

Father/Daughter Dance
Yes, they do them at b'nai mitzvahs too. I think it would be cute to dance to the same song my dad and I danced to then, except I have no idea what it was. Although I do remember that at my brother's bar mitzvah I made sure he and my mom danced to Backstreet Boys' "The Perfect Fan." I'd love to use that except for the fact it says, "Mom you always were the perfect fan," and I don't really believe the boy would be willing to dance to a BSB song.

These are just a few, of the hopefully many, ways I'm hoping to use my memories of my bat mitzvah to inspire our wedding. If you've ever been to a bar or bat mitzvah, what other traditions to you think would transfer well to a wedding?


  1. I have never been to a bar or bat mitzvah - or to a Jewish wedding! Can't wait to hear about all of the different traditions you will incorporate. I have to say, the Horah looks like SO MUCH FUN!

  2. I recently attended Jewish (bukharian) wedding and it was like no other wedding (Jewish or Non-Jewish ) that I've ever been too. It was insane! However, they of course did the chairs and the large challah. However, there was no hora since it's not in their tradition. Instead they had their own style of dancing and it was very middle eastern. So much fun!

  3. I love learning about the Jewish traditions! :) Can't wait to read some more.

    Also, I left ya something on my blog! :)