Smothered in a veil of lace and beads, Ultra Orthodox Jewish bride is led by a ribbon to her wedding as thousands of men watch
- Grandson of the Rabbi of the Tzanz Hasidic dynasty community married in Netanya, Israel
- Thousands of guests lined the street to as the traditional Ultra Orthodox Jewish wedding began
- Veiled bride watches as male guests and honoured rabbis fulfill the Mitzvah tantz – to dance in front of her
- Many guests arrived with binoculars because they were seated so far from the bride and groom
The roomy venue was packed for the wedding of the grandson of the famous Rabbi, which took place today, and saw many from the Tzanz Hasidic dynasty community attending.
The bride was completely covered in a decadent lace and pearl embroidered dress, which included a full-face veil, to enter the men’s section of the hall where a key element of the traditional wedding was carried out.
As other women watched from behind the gauze curtain, the bride took part in the Mitvah tantz ritual – where members of the family and honoured rabbis danced in front of her and then with the groom.
Using gartels – a traditional Jewish belt – to form a link back to the bride, the men danced while hundreds of onlookers watched from the tiered seating.
The wedding venue was so full that some guests were forced to use binoculars just to catch a closer glimpse of the bride and groom as they were married.
Members of the congregation held hands and danced during the ceremony and sweets were handed out to children before the wedding party enjoyed a traditional meal.
The Vizhnitz sect was formed by Menachem Mendel Hager of Kosov in the 1800s in Vyzhnytsia, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary – now the Ukraine.
Vizhnitz is one of several major Hasidic sects, with others including Breslov, Lubavitch (Chabad), Satmar, Boston and Spinka.
The different communities can usually be identified
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