The Bachelor Party. It is the timeless idea of the ultimate boys-weekend. The mother of all weekends. It sends off the single man into a life of commitment. It is something that women tend to hate and men tend to love. A quick search would tell you that the Bachelor Party was originated by the Spartans in 5th century BCE. That’s fake news.
The story goes like this… Jewish people have been doing this bachelor celebration thing for centuries. Literally centuries. Since 1057 BCE to be exact. King Solomon built an entranceway specifically for grooms-to-be in the First Temple. If anyone saw a man walking towards that entrance (either with excitement or dismay on his face : ) ) there would be singing, dancing and an abundance of blessings.He was treated like a king… and this was only the beginning.
Centuries later, this celebration now takes place in synagogues instead of the Temple. It is now known as the Aufruf. Growing up in an orthodox community, the Aurfruf was the most exciting weekend for the groom-to-be (besides the wedding of course). The groom would have all of his closest friends stay at his house to celebrate his last weekend as a bachelor. There would be good food. Good drink and good company. The groom even has candy thrown at him by the entire synagogue congregation. And guess what, during this time, the groom-to-be is still treated just like a king.
So, maybe the Spartans did send their single men off to be married with a big bash, and maybe the typical bachelor party isn’t exactly the same thing as an Aufruf… But hey, wouldn’t you like to be treated like a king… even just for one weekend??
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