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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Moshe Feinstein - The Problem With a Double Ring Ceremony

If a Chupah is performed Al Pi Halacha other then the fact that after the groom gives the bride a ring, the bride then gives one to the groom and says, "I am Mikudash to you" or "You are Mikudash to me", Rav Moshe Feinstein says (Igros Moshe EH 3:18) that the Kidushin is valid. The giving of the ring by the bride is viewed as words of Hevel and Shtus and does not affect the Kidushin at all.

Moreover says Rav Moshe, even if the bride and groom decide beforehand that the Kidushin will only be valid with the double ring giving, it is only a condition to the Kidushin, and if done in the halachicly appropriate manner, it is like any other agreed upon stipulation.

Nevertheless says Rav Moshe it is assur to do this for two reasons. If this is a rule among non-Jews since this ceremony is against the Torah then there is a Lav. Even if there is no rule amongst the non-Jews, still says Rav Moshe, it is assur since people who see this ceremony may think that the giving of the ring by the bride to the groom makes the matrimony valid according to Halacha.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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