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community is one of the most affluent community of the world. This richness can
well be experienced in Jewish weddings. The meaningful traditional Jewish
Wedding Rituals act as a reminder for both the bride and the groom that they are
not only responsible towards each other but also towards their religion and
Rituals and Customs
The rituals start with the Yom Kippur in which both the bride and the groom are
forgiven for their past mistakes. Kabbalat Patim is the ritual in which the
bride and the groom are not supposed to see each other from a week before the
marriage. The Jewish Wedding Rituals then move forward to the badeken in which
the groom veils the bride. The bride and the groom are then led to the open
chupah where the marriage ceremony is held. The couple does not wear any
jewellery to the chupah. The bride circles the groom 7 times and the groom then
takes position on her right side. The wedding, known as kiddushin, is
accompanied by a cup of wine. The couple drinks wine from the cup after getting
blessings from the Betrothal.
Giving of the ring by the groom to the bride is the centre of attraction of
these rituals. Then the Ketubah, the marriage contract, is read which is signed
by two witnesses. Post Ketubah, the Sheva Brachot, the seven blessings are
recited by the rabbi. After this the couple again drinks wine. The last of the
Jewish Wedding Rituals is the breaking of the glass ceremony. The couples break
their fast during Yichud. Seudh follows where the guests eat and drink. After
the meal Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals) and Sheva Brachat are recited.
The festive meal is held amidst a lot of dance and music. Often the guests show
heir skills of juggling and aerobics during the feast. After the following week
of the wedding, the guests and the relatives are supposed to hold festive meals
in honor of the couple. This is known as the week of Sheva Brachot. It is named
so because of the blessings being recited at the end of each meal.
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