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Kinvan is when the bride is given something of nominal value from the groom In ancient times coins were given But recentely rings have replaced those coins Rings have replaced those coins because their known as the gift of choice However in Jewish weddings the ring has to belong to the groom and be made of only solid metal without any gems of any kind on them The rabbis had thought that if the rings wasnt at a high value then that may cause the bride to actually reconsider to marry someone else This ring symbolizes the endless love that should be built and kept throughout the marriage and its also seen as being a look to the past and a commitment to the future Source B In many Orthodox communities a bridge gives a tallis prayer shawl to the groom which he wears only from the day he is married despite being a Bar Mitzvah for years According to some Jewish mystics the tallis is associated with sexual temptation which for a man is more of an issue after marriage than at the traditional age of becoming a Bar Mitzvah The biblical command to wear the fringes of the talis statesYou shall look at them and not be tempted to follow your heart and eyes Thus for a married man the talis now functions as a reminder to keep his mind off forbidden sexual situationsSource C Another ancient custom that has lately been transformed is the ketubahmarriage contract The ketubah was a radical document in its day because it provided women with legal status and rights in marriage This document recording in Aramaic showed the financial obligations which the husband undertakes toward his wife in respect of their marriage It was instituted for the purpose of protecting the woman so that the husband would not find it easy to divorce her Before the ceremony the groom in the presence of witnesses
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