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Badchonim (singular badchen) traditionally entertained before and after Ashkenazic Jewish weddings. They were generally reasonably learned men, with a level of learning comparable to a maggid or sermonizer.
Wedding parties were one of the few contexts in which Jewish tradition allowed music and dance.
In addition to a badchen, and the rabbi who actually performed the wedding, an elaborate traditional wedding could also involve a letz (a jongleur/musician) and a marshalik (a master of ceremonies).
The badchen had to be able both to provide the energy for a party before and after the ceremony itself and also to make the transition to a more serious tone immediately before the ceremony.
- Liptzin, Sol, A History of Yiddish Literature, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 1972, ISBN 0-8246-0124-6, 22-23.
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