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Jewish wedding ceremony
Finding love and committing to it by marriage is a highlight in every couple's life. Jewish weddings are filled with tradition, ritual, and beauty to make the ceremony a meaningful day. Traditions vary between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews and many contemporary Jewish couples add their own personal touches in order to show their actively involvement in the creation of their own ceremony. The Jewish tradition regards the marriage and the wedding ceremony a sanctified act. Thus the Hebrew word used for the wedding is kiddushin coming from Kadosh that mean holy. Here are some of the rituals and traditions of the Jewish wedding: Both the Bride and the Groom walk down the aisle accompanied by both parents. Traditionally, the rabbi walks out first, followed by the groom and his parents and than the bride and her parents. In some traditional weddings, the bride and her parents encircle the groom seven times.
Many symbols were integrated into the Jewish wedding ceremony many symbols were integrated. One of the most important symbols is the Chuppah. The actual marriage takes place under a canopy on four poles called Chupah. The Chupah symbolizes that the bride and groom are creating a home together and that it will always be open to guests. This tradition is based on the Biblical wedding of Abraham and Sarah. The materials used for a Chupah can be varied and include; silk, organza, lace as well as other draping material. Usually the Chupah is decorated, sometimes incorporating greenery in the form of vines or plants, flowers or ribbons or with verses related to everlasting love. Some people use a Tallit to symbolizing the Jewish heritage. Some couples inscribe their names and date of the wedding event on the Chupah and save it for the next wedding in the family where the new names and dates are added in a way that turns the Chupah into a family heirloom. There are different customs for the Chupah and whereas it is an Ashkenazi custom for the Chupah to be held beneath the open skies while Sephardic communities the wedding ceremony may take place in a roofed space. The reason for having the Chuppah under the open skies is to recall G d's blessing to Abraham that his seed be as numerous as the stars. TO SEE A BEAUTIFUL ARTISTIC CHUPAH PLEASE CLICK THE LINK.
The Ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, is often an artistic, gorgeously lettered document that the couple frames after the wedding and displays in their home. The Rabbi is to act as the advisor to the couple, and the guests are the witnesses. Just before the marriage ceremony begins, the ketubah is traditionally signed by two witnesses. The Ketubah is read publicly and two witnesses are required for both the signing of the Ketubah and to testify the ceremony. Than the woman in turn accepts the ring from the man, thus accepts the terms of the marriage. The original Ketubah text is Aramaic. Today there are also different Ketubah texts to choose from and often the come bilingual Hebrew and English. A ketubah can become an exquisite piece of art to remind you of that important day in your life. In our Gans Ketubah Gallery we have prepared a large collection of lovely illustrated Ketubot, all by Israeli artist that will be a real joy choosing from. Each Ketubah artist has a unique style and calligraphy. Personalized Ketubot can be specially ordered with your specific color scheme. This customized Ketubas will contain Jewish symbols, your shared goals and personal loves and preference. Whenever you come to this point of life where you or somebody in your surroundings needs a Ketubah please do not hesitate and ask our Ketubah expert to assist you in choosing the Ketubah that will suit your taste and preferences. As preparing a customized Ketubah can be costly we at Gans carry also Pre-Printed or Handwritten Ketubot are of course more affordable. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KETUBAH TEXTS PLEASE CLICK THE LINK.
Breaking the Glass
A glass is now placed on the floor, and the groom shatters it with his foot while quoting Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I remember thee not; If I prefer not Jerusalem Above my chief joy. This serves to remind the couple and the guests of the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and identifies the couple with the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people. Every Jewish person should be mindful of the Psalmist's injunction to ''set Jerusalem above my highest joy even at the moment of greatest rejoicing, Psalm 137/6. After the breaking of the glass, the guests wish ''Mazel Tov!'' which means good luck.
The Sheva Brachot, Seven Blessings, are special Jewish wedding blessings that are recited for the bride and the groom under the Chupah, wedding canopy, during the wedding ceremony. The Sheva Brachot are also known as Brachot Nesuin. The Seven Blessing corespond to the seven days of creation. This is the real heart of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Here the joy and celebration and the ongoing power of love are expressed culminating with the seven's blessing: Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who created joy and happiness, groom and bride, gladness, jubilation, cheer and delight, love, friendship, harmony and fellowship. L-rd our G-d, let there speedily be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of happiness, the sound of a groom and the sound of a bride, the sound of exultation of grooms from under their Chupah, and youths from their joyous banquets. Blessed are You Lord, who gladdens the groom with the bride. There is a tradition to throw dinner parties for the new couple each night for six more days following the wedding, usually every day at a different home. At the end of each of these meals, after Birkat Hamazon the Sheva Brachot are also recited. Thus the bride and groom are being honored with prayers, blessings, food and a lot of love. The Sheva Brachot are recited over a cup of wine, and usually each of the seven blessings is recited by another honored guests. The cup of wine is passed around the table to the person reciting each blessing. The week of diners at homes of family and friend comes to signal the young couple that though they start a new life they are a new part of the community and family. This tradition of a week of festive dinners is based on the week that followed Jacob and Leah's wedding Genesis 29:27.
Honey and Challah Tradition
For a full year a newly married couple is encouraged to revel in the bliss of young love and enjoy their honeymoon and sweetness of their new love. That is why many newlywed couples all over the world have adopted a lovely tradition: During their first year of marriage, the couple uses honey on their Challah on Shabbat and holidays, instead of the traditional salt. This is to symbolize the wish that their new life together should be sweet as honey- May you continue to be blessed with a sweet and joyful life together for as long as you live! Later when they return to old customs of salting the Challah it is as saying that the Honeymoon is over the freshness is preserved. Please go to the link to see a beautiful pomegranate shaped ceramic honey dish.
Ani Ledodi Tradition
The beautiful verse Ani L'Dodi v'Dodi Li, or I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine, recited in weddings is taken from the Shir HaShirim, the Song of Songs, written by King Solomon. Though this book was written as a romantic declaration between a wife and husband it is an allegory of the eternal love between the Jewish people and G-d. The Ani Ledodi poem is brought to mind whenever we think of everlasting love and items bearing this verse are always beautiful gifts for engagements, weddings, and anniversaries. Often you have this exquisite Ani L'edody engraved into wedding rings or integrated into picture frames to display the wedding picture. The verse Ani Ledodi ve Dodi Li is one that is most frequently integrated into the Ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract as it shows the mutual commitment of bride and groom to stand for each other, and illustrated in many ways. To see a Ketubah with Ani Ledodi please click the link.
Jewish Wedding Gifts
Every time you are invited for a Jewish wedding you find yourself asking what to get for the newly wedded couple. We at Gans are here to assist you. First decide on how much you would like to spend and depending on your closeness to the couple and your personal preference set a budget. Now to the actual decision: Most wedded couples will appreciate a Judaic gift. This is your way to help the couples start their own Judaic collection that will suite their taste. A beautiful Kiddush cup, an artistic Challah board, contemporary candleholders, or a washing cup are such gifts. A Mezuzah, a Challah cover, Matzah cover, or Passover plate will surely get their special place in the couple's home. Give the couple a meaningful gift like a home blessing or an Artistic Im Eshkachech Jerusalem illustration. Another lovely Jewish wedding idea would be a high quality Psalms or Shir Hashirim art print with appropriate verses like Ani Ledodi, Eshet Chayil, and many more. And last but not least, how about giving the wedded couple a gift Certificate from Gans Jerusalem that will enable her to choose something they like from our vast collection? Many Couples register at Gans. This will make your gift choosing much easier. We have a link to the registry. You may point it out to the couple. This way the will get exactly what they wish and refrain from getting everything double or triple. If you are looking for a gift and are still undecided please drop us a note with the details and your budget through the contact us link and we will give you some more specific ideas.
If you are reading this you are just one step before your wedding and we'd like to congratulate you. Mazal Tov! Creating a wedding gift registry is the perfect way to prevent the receipt of duplicate or unwanted gifts while saving time for both wedded couple and the guests. Every bride and groom in today’s modern world will enjoy being showered with well-wishes and gifts at their wedding and hope they will get exactly what they wished for. This is why we at Gans gifts and Judaica prepared our online Jewish wedding gifts registry. A wedding registry is a list of gifts chosen by the couple and enables everyone to choose from according o their budget. This comes with the certainty that the gift is exactly what the couple wishes for and that they will just get one of each gift they wish for. This way there will be no bother with exchanges. Thus creating a wedding gift registry is the perfect way to prevent the receipt of duplicate or unwanted gifts while saving time for both wedded couple and the guests. As tastes and lifestyle varies and each couple knows best what theirs is, we at Gans saw to it that you will have an easy way to build-up your personal wedding registry. We at Gans will gladly assist you to sign up so that your family and friends can purchase the gifts you would prefer. However, as people need to select from a large price range we suggest you should chose some low-priced, some medium, and some higher priced items and add them to the list. A Wedding registry is for the both partners together so as you set your wedding registry and choose specific items do not forget to include your significant other in your decisions. And another suggestion: as sets sometimes are expensive divide it into smaller purchases. This way you let the guest decide how many pieces he or she likes to purchase and other guests will buy more pieces. Find all the beautiful things you‘d love including Judaic art when registering at Gans gift registry for Jewish weddings.