By Nathan Jeffay, July 22, 2010
Israel's chief rabbinate is threatening to withdraw licences to perform marriages from rabbis who sing under the chuppah.
Wedding ceremonies in Israel tend to be generic, performed by a rabbi allocated by the rabbinate. But in the last decade, Israeli couples have begun turning to charismatic rabbis, who liven up ceremonies by singing parts of it.
"It's like a performance, like a theatre," said Ana Prashizky, a Bar Ilan University sociologist who has studied the trend.