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Jewish Marriage.

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Jewish Marriage It is customary for the bride and groom not to see each other for a week preceding the wedding. On the Shabbat of that week, it is customary among Ashkenazic Jews for the groom to have an aliyah (the honor of reciting a blessing over the Torah reading . This aliyah is known as an ufruf. There are exuberant celebrations in the synagogue at this time. The day before the wedding, both the bride and the groom fast. Before the ceremony, the bride is veiled, in remembrance of the fact that Rebecca veiled her face when she was first brought to Isaac to be his wife. ...read more.


After the kiddushin is complete, the ketubah is read aloud. The nisuin then proceeds. The bride and groom stand beneath the chuppah, a canopy held up by four poles, symbolic of their dwelling together and of the husband's bringing the wife into his home. The importance of the chuppah is so great that the wedding ceremony is sometimes referred to as the chuppah. The bride and groom recite seven blessings (sheva brakhos) in the presence of a minyan (prayer quorum of 10 adult Jewish men). The essence of each of the seven blessings is: ... who has created everything for his glory ... who fashioned the Man ... who fashioned the Man in His image ... ...read more.


This is followed by a festive meal, which is followed by a repetition of the sheva brakhos. Exuberant music and dancing traditionally accompany the ceremony and the reception. Finding your bashert (soul mate) doesn't mean that your marriage will be trouble-free. Marriage, like everything worthwhile in life, requires dedication, effort and energy. Even when two people are meant for each other, it is possible for them to ruin their marriage. That is why Judaism allows divorce. Although the first marriage is bashert, it is still possible to have a good and happy marriage with a second spouse. The Talmud teaches that God also arranges second marriages, and a man's second wife is chosen according to his merits. ...read more.

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