Post 123: Erusin Tile-Feigy’s Tenaim Plate, Be inspired by Israeli Women; low sugar ricotta cheesecake

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You may be asking: what does a marriage tile have to do with outstanding Women? Photo of Erusin Tile before adding ceramic glue. I cut the tile using a clipper and a hammer . The teapot and pieces were from the broken plate. The owner of the hardware store on Aggripas Street recommended the tile cutter tool, as “the Best”. I brought some tiles along hoping to catch on quickly to cutting tiles. The technique of using a hammer with the tile cutter was demonstrated by another man in the shop.

I just could not master tile-cutting technique until I was offered help. As there may be a long list of talented women, I don’t see a list of the men who helped them or their female mentors for that matter. Where is the HaKorat Ha Tov?

Tenaim, which translates as “conditions,” is an Ashkenazic tradition of engagement, a pre-Ketubah contract setting out the terms of the marriage, including the date and time of the wedding ceremony (chuppah). After the witnessed signing and reading of the Tenaim, a plate is smashed, traditionally by the future mothers-in-law, symbolizing the impending breaks in their relationships with their children, who will soon take responsibility for feeding each other.

You see the pieces of my grand-daughter Feigy’s Tenaim plate incorporated into a tile arrangement. The mid-section pieces, which formed a coffee pot, just came out and I discovered them in the pile of porcelan pieces. I have discovered that woman have great talent for picking up pieces and moving on to great things. Or picking up pieces and creating from them. 
So, that’s the moshul of my  Tenaim piece.

 

In recent years, many Orthodox rabbis have encouraged the Tenaim to be scheduled very close in time before the wedding, if at all, out of concerns that it has a binding effect under Jewish law and requires a get (writ of divorce) if the engagement is called off. Some Conservative rabbis have also been less than encouraging about a couple’s desire to have a Tenaim ceremony based on similar concerns. But these concerns and scheduling the Tenaim the same weekend of the wedding means missing out on one of the best things about a Tenaim ceremony – the party that traditionally follows. If you’re planning an engagement party before the wedding, using the occasion to perform a Tenaim ceremony is a beautiful way to add meaningful Jewish content to the celebration as well as to focus attention on the spiritual component of entering into marriage.

Photo of Erusin Tile before adding ceramic glue. I cut the tile using a clipper and a hammer . The teapot and pieces were from the broken plate. The owner, David, of David Kastel Building Matrials (the hardware store on Aggripas Street corner Rechove Shomron),sold the tile cutter tool, but the technique of using a hammer with the tile cutter was demonstrated for me by another customer in the shop.
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Tile after application of ceramic tile adhesive. It will be a gift to My grand-daughter’s mother in law.
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