A procession leads the groom and then the bride to the huppah, where the bride traditionally encircles the groom three or seven times.
The substance of nissuin, the actual marriage ceremony, are seven blessings that reflect the themes of creation, joy, and bride and groom.
Erusin, the ancient betrothal ceremony, includes two blessings and the ring ceremony, and is followed by the reading of the marriage contract.
After the wedding, bride and groom retreat to a seclusion room, rejoin their guests for a festive meal, and then celebrate with friends and family for the next seven days.
Weddings & Marriage
A Jewish wedding takes place under a chuppah, which symbolizes the new Jewish home being created by the marriage.
In entering into marriage, a couple takes on new responsibilities for the Jewish community and its future.
Before the wedding, bride and groom are feted, the bride is veiled, and the groom dons a shroud-like garment.
Contemporary couples are reinterpreting an old ceremony that set the financial and logistical arrangements for an upcoming marriage
Three prenuptial marriage protection agreements have been accepted by Orthodox rabbis as fulfilling halakhah (Jewish law).
The second part of the ketubah (marriage contract) details the additional gift promised by the groom, the lien on his property, and the acquisition sealing the contract.
The traditional Aramaic text of the ketubah (marriage contract) reflects the history of Jewish marriage.
As part of God's creation, Jewish marriage creates a spiritual connection between human beings and with God.