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The traditions done at a Jewish wedding ceremony, make it unlike any other wedding you have ever been to and is full of tradition. One tradition that takes place before the wedding by many, is that the groom and bride do not see each other or speak to each other the week before the wedding. The first time they see each other is at the end of the reception, the groom walks up to the bride and places the veil over her head. During the reception itself, the groom signs the Ketubah, the marriage contract, which is often decorated and turned into a piece of art. Once the reception is done, the groom waits for the bride under the Chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy. The bride then walks up to the Chuppah and walks around the groom seven times. The number seven has a lot of meaning in Judaism, but these seven circles she walks around him represents her breaking down his defensive walls, so that she can give him all her love. This resembles the conquering of Jericho, as Joshua and the Israelites broke down the walls of Jericho after circling the walls seven times. A ring is given to the bride, often with two witnesses who say the ring is of value. After this, the number seven appears again during the seven blessings given during the ceremony, often by close friends and family. The ceremony ends with the groom smashing a glass cup with his foot. Even though a wedding is a happy time, during big ceremonies as such, the Jewish people remember that Temple is no longer with them.

wedding.txt · Last modified: 2018/11/08 16:47 by adminpedia