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April 4, 2012 1:57 pm

American Gentiles Increasingly Engage in Jewish Rituals and Customs

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Breaking the glass at a Jewish wedding. Photo: wiki commons.

American gentiles are increasingly buying Passover food, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. This may be because some non-Jews “participate in Passover seders …with Jewish friends”, “reenact Christ’s last supper”, “have dietary restrictions that mirror Passover’s” or “just love Passover treats”, according to the paper.

Menachem Lubinsky, Editor of KosherToday.com and producer of Kosherfest, a kosher foods trade show, told the paper that the Passover industry has now grown to between $2.5 billion and $3 billion annually.

Additionally, AP reports that Jewish marriage contracts, known as ketubot, and other rituals are also becoming more popular at non-Jewish weddings. Ketubot are described as “more than just fancy calligraphy” and are “often poster-size and ornate, suitable for framing later with artwork either as backdrop or accompaniment.”

According to the report, other Jewish marriage rituals embraced by non-Jewish couples include stomping on a glass, with some using a lightbulb as a common substitute. Some couples also “recite vows under a canopy, called a chuppah.”

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