Jewish Wedding Traditions

Jewish wedding are full of traditions and a beauty, If you’ve never been to one but were invited to one recently ,  there’s a few things you should expect.

However, if you’re looking to incorporate a portion of Jewish traditions into your wedding here’s some of the most important elements of a jewish wedding.

The Procession:

Unlike the christian wedding , both the bride and groom walk down the aisle with both parents. Traditionally, the rabbi walks out first, followed by the groom and his parents, the grandparents, the groomsmen, the bridesmaids, the flower girl and ring bearer, and the bride and her parents. However, this specific order is not always followed. In some wedding the bride and her parents circle the chupah seven times, there are several different religious reasons why this occurs.

The Chupah:

 

The wedding ceremony takes place under the chupah, which is a canopy on four poles that is sometimes decorated. The chupah symbolizes that the bride and groom are creating a home together and that it will always be open to guests. This tradition originates from the Biblical wedding of Abraham and Sarah.

Traditional Jewish wedding ceremonies have two parts. During the first part, the bride and groom become betrothed and a blessing is recited over a cup of wine that the bride and groom drink. Traditionally, the groom puts a ring on the bride at this point, although this has become mutual at many modern weddings. Later, the Sheva Brachot, or seven blessings, are recited over another glass of wine. Relatives and close friends are sometimes asked to recite this blessing to honor them.

The Ketubah:

 

The ketubah is a Jewish wedding contract. The rabbi reads it under the chupah after the ring ceremony. Many couples frame their ketubah and display it in their home. Traditionally, the ketubah was written in Aramaic, but today many Jews use Hebrew instead.

The breaking of the glass:

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the groom smashes a glass with his foot.  The meaning of this act is disputed, one interpretation is that the marriage will last as long as the glass is broken– forever.After the breaking of the glass, the guests yell, “Mazel Tov!” which means good luck.

The Hora:

No Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, or chair dance, most likely derived from the tradition of carrying royalty on chairs. A few strong guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the song “Hava Nagila”. Friends and family dance around in a circle as the couple tries not to look  down.

The Jewish wedding is surrounded in a great deal of tradition which is rare in many modern-day weddings. If you are planning to incorporate these traditions into your own wedding or if you were curious as to how these traditions were carried out,  you now know a little bit more about the Traditional Jewish wedding.

Enjoy!!!

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