Jewish Bridal Tradition

In the Israeli traditions, wedding ceremonies are a moment for joy and celebration. There are many different beliefs that make up hebrew weddings but there are a few important moments in any service that will be recognized by most attendees. First is the veiling of the bride, known as Bedeken. This is done prior to the festival and is a symbol of concealing the bride’s experience from the bridegroom until after they are married. The shroud is generally held by her mother, sister, or another close female family members.

Next is the trade of rings and vows which take place under the Chuppah, a dome that represents the apartment that the few did develop together. It is at this place that the man presents his bride with her necklace. The groom subsequently takes his bride’s hands in his, declaring that they are now legally married under Jewish regulation.

Once the chuppah is closed, the handful enters into their greeting which is a period for tunes, dancers, and often times managing acts! The couple will waltz in lines, with gentlemen with the wedding and women with the wedding. A mechitzah ( divider ) is placed between the two circles. There is also a celebratory waltz called the Hora where the pair is lifted into the air with chair while holding either a cloth or cloth napkin.

After the waltz, the handful will take their first meal as a married pair together with their families, grandparents, and the priest. During this meal, Birkat Hamazon ( Grace After Meals ) and the Sheva Brachot are recited. The Sheva Brachot are seven riches that pull Divine gifts on the pair for their marriage.