This communal wedding ring is topped by a dome. The top part opens so that the wedding ring can be placed inside. The base of the ring is shaped as the Star of David and a coat of arms is engraved underneath. This type of ring was used to celebrate wedding celebrations.
A Communal Wedding Ring
This communal wedding ring is topped by a dome. The top part opens so that the wedding ring can be placed inside.
A rabbi officiates at Jewish wedding ceremonies, during which the bride and groom stand under a nuptial canopy. In an Orthodox Jewish ceremony, the husband places a veil over his future wife’s head. The rabbi then recites the ketuba, the marriage contract, followed by the couple’s exchange of vows and sharing of a glass of wine. The groom places the ring on his spouse’s right index finger, up to the first knuckle when she bends her finger. One last tradition is the breaking of a glass by the groom. They are many interpretations of its symbolism, one being the commemoration of the destruction of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple or to signify that even in times of joy, there is sorrow in the world.
This communal wedding ring was donated to the Montreal Holocaust Museum by Barbara Ponti-Hill in 2011.
This project is part of the implementation of the Plan culturel numérique du Québec.