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How can we bring the love that joins a couple into a religious ceremony?
How can we bring together the message from the Israel´s tradition to
those who join in marriage with the message that each couple speaks from
The answer to these questions implies some work with each couple done by
meetings that allow us to create links. This leads us to translate the
essence of the relationship into a ceremony. And we get prepared for a
relationship that is a potence at the beginning: the future marriage to
We have the expectations that the couple feels in our house as at home, so
it becomes in their space for communitarian life.
Within the frame of the life cycle, it means give thanks for the
opportunity that human beings have few times in our lifes: providing a
little bit of our heart to others. We call this link love. And we tank for
The ceremony recovers the Histoy of the Temple and the youth of the
project, and the prepared ceremony. This is done by several meetings and
activities whose purpose is to accompany the couple in the variety of
changes that marital life implies, and its involvement in communitarian
life. This is not always taken into account, starting by the fact that a
change of status, even in couples already living together, involves a
personal recognition and assumption that love experience means more than
two people, and that their bondage to community implies the desire to love
a family: a moment of trascendence in the relationship between two.
Guiur - A process of personal development
What is converting?
Our patriarch Abraham was the first one from whom we learnt that Judaism
is a path of choices that moves us, emotionalyy and with others from our
orginal place. He was the first one that lived himself a personal
transformation- his own convertion to Judaism. Through his choice, Abraham
seeded light for those who wanted to join the task of building and
believing in Community. Ever since, the path is open for all those who see
an option on it for their own lives. We propose this spirit of continuity
with our tradition through the space of Guiur (Convertion). This is the
starting point of a path that allows us to pact with the Community the
committment of changing it with good deeds that lead to growth and
This space is set in our own Great Temple, aware of the eagerness for more
spirituality and meaning for our lives in this era, and specially for the
Community of the neighbourhood (Once). Eagerness of those looking forward
to follow the same path that our patriarch Abraham walked thousands of
What is the process like?
Getting ready for it implies an initiation through an interview with our
Rabbi, in which the candidates is given a warm welcome to this spiritual
process, they talk about personal motivations for their decision, and a
recommendation is made to the Department of Guiur Coordination, whose
office is in the CIRa building (Congregación Israelita de la República
Argentina), in 769 Libertad St.
There takes place double-sided participation: religious services in our
community Fridays and Saturdays and, besides, weekly meetings in the CIRA.
Since then, the process of collective work is started based on contents,
but sustained and approved by communitarians practices. Guiur is
celebrated when the process of meditation and reflection that gave birth
to Guiur is completed.