When a Circassian man wants to get married, he goes to his beloved’s house to abduct her. He knocks on her door, shoots in the air three times and then she joins him.Although this sounds like something that might take place in Afghanistan and not here in Israel, you’ll be relieved to know that in actuality, the bride is excitedly expecting her groom and has even donned a special gown for the occasion. It is all part of the Circassian traditional wedding ceremony in which the male demonstrates his courage and serious intent to marry his beloved.The values of honor and respect stand out in many of the Circassian community’s rituals. For example, Circassians would not dare leave a piece of paper or litter in the streets of their village. One of the most important tenets residents of Israel’s two Circassian villages in the Galilee – Kafr Kama and Rehaniya – grow up with is “a house without guests has no blessing in it.” They even bring animals into their homes in the winter to keep them warm.