In traditional Judaism, marriage is viewed as a contractual bond commanded by God in which a man and a woman come together to create a relationship in which God is directly involved. 24:1) Though procreation is not the sole purpose, a Jewish marriage is traditionally expected to fulfill the commandment to have children. ) In this view, marriage is understood to mean that the husband and wife are merging into a single soul, which is why a man is considered "incomplete" if he is not married, as his soul is only one part of a larger whole that remains to be unified..After this reading, the mothers of the future bride and groom break a plate.The Jewish approach warns us not to “love in spite of yourself”, but to love “because of yourself”. Enter into the love relationship with your eyes open, not with your eyes closed.Don’t accept blind dates, unless you know who the potential partner is.Since the Middle Ages the two ceremonies have taken place as a combined ceremony performed in public.
The theme repeated everywhere in novels and movies is that “I am in love and my love is beyond my control”; “I fell in love”; it was as though someone pushed me off a cliff and it was all accidental and unintentional.In most states with a traditionally majority Christian population, civil laws recognize marriage as having social and political statuses.Christian theology affirms the secular status of marriage, but additionally views it from a moral and religious perspective that transcends all social interests.In any marriage ceremony the bride and groom must confirm that they want to marry each other, and after the opportunity has been given publicly for anyone present to prevent the marriage if there is a legal reason, the couple join hands and make promises.They exchange rings, which are worn as a reminder of these promises for the duration of their married life.Erusin changes the couple's interpersonal status, while nissu'in brings about the legal consequences of the change of status.