While there are many similarities between the two, one glaring difference between orthodox Jews and conservative Amish and Mennonites, is their use and beliefs on dancing. As I stated in my last post, at a Mennonite wedding such as my brother’s there would have been no dancing at the reception. However, at a Jewish wedding this would be a central part of the festivities. Hasidic Jews in particular are very expressive with their dance and song and there is a special dance called the Mitzvah-tantz in which men are permitted to dance with the bride while holding a sash so that their hands do not touch!
This would be unheard of at an Amish wedding!