The chuppah symbolizes the first home for the new couple. It is open on all sides to welcome family and friends who will support the couple as they begin their life together.
Blessing over the wine. The first cup symbolizes the cup of life to be shared together. This blessing is combined with the ancient betrothal part of the ceremony.
Literally meaning that which is written, it was an ancient contract, written in Aramaic, the language of the time, as a guarantee of monetary compensation in the event of the dissolution of the marriage. In present day it addresses emotional love, trust and commitment to one another. The ketubah is signed by the couple and witnesses prior to the actual wedding ceremony.
Seven wedding blessings:
This is the heart of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Themes of joy and celebration and the power of love are expressed while the number 7 reminds us of the seven days of creation. The first blessing begins with Kiddush and the final blessing culminates with the image of the community singing and celebrating with the new couple.
Breaking of the glass:
This is an ancient tradition occurring at the conclusion at all Jewish weddings. One common explanation is that breaking the glass is a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Also, the shards of glass are plentiful, and this can represent the hope for abundant happiness in life.
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