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A traditional Jewish wedding encompasses many captivating and
meaningful rituals, symbolizing the inner beauty of the unique
relationship of husband and wife. A marriage is a foundation to the
Jewish family ~ the rock and the staple of Jewish continuity as well
as their obligations to each other and to the Jewish people.
presence of two witnesses, the groom places a
simple ring on the bride’s forefinger and
recites, “Behold you are sanctified to
me with this ring, according to
the Law of Moses and Israel”.
The holiest day of the year is Yom Kippur, the
Day of Atonement. It is a day of fast
in which each person reviews in
depth all of his past actions.
Likewise, on the day of
the wedding, the groom
and the bride each fast
and ask forgiveness for
all of their previous
committed knowingly
or unknowingly before
starting their new
life together. Standing
under the Chupah, their
life destiny is set, all past
reckoning erased.They pray
that the Almighty “open a new
gate for them as the old gate is
closed” so that their new life together
evolves from a pure and fresh beginning.
(Seven Blessings)
After this, the Sheva
Brachos are recited,
either by one Rabbi,
or at many weddings a
different blessing is given
to various people the
families wish to honor.
The blessings express the
hope that the new couple
will rejoice together forever
as though they are the original
couple.The blessings also include a
prayer for the time when the Moshiach will
come to redeem us from exile so that peace and
tranquility will reign over the world
(Wedding Ceremony Under The Canopy)
The groom is escorted by his parents to the
chupah first, followed by the bride who is
escorted by her parents. Open on all four
sides, the chupah is reminiscent of Abraham,
our forefather’s house which had entrances on
all four sides in order to warmly welcome any
approaching guests. In certain traditions, when
the bride arrives at the chupah, she circles the
groom seven times with her mother and future
mother-in-law, while the groom continues to pray.
These rituals are an allusion to the seven days of
creation, for throughout their marriage, the couple
is creating a new world.
At the conclusion of the blessings, the groom
breaks a glass with his right foot. This serves as a
reminder that even at the height of our personal
joy, we must still remember the destruction of the”
Temple in Jerusalem”.
The ceremony
is followed by a
feast to honor
the occasion. The
meal ends with the
Birchas Hamazon
(Grace after Meals)
and the seven
blessings recited
under the Chupah
are once again
(Betrothal and Marriage Benediction)
During the Kiddushin, the Rabbi makes two
blessings. The first blessing is over the wine, the
traditional symbol of joy, signifying the sanctification
of the marriage. In the second blessing, we thank
G-d for the sanctity of marriage and giving us
the opportunity to perform this Mitzvah. In the
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