Marriage as aFoundation Marriage is the key element in the foundation of Jewish families. It is the first commandment involving a partnership between 2 people.
Symbols Within JewishMarriage Ceremonies Marriage is rich with symbolism including: • The Chuppah is a canopy for the bride and groom symbolizing the Garden of Eden or their first home together or the Jerusalem Temple.
Symbols Within Jewish Marriage Ceremonies• The Ring is symbolic of ancient property laws regarding women.
Symbols Within JewishMarriage Ceremonies • The Ketubbah (marriage contract) is symbolic of the husband’s obligations towards his wife.
Symbols Within JewishMarriage Ceremonies • The shattering of the glass is symbolic of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and indicates the solemnity of marriage.
Jewish Marriage• In Judaism, marriage is considered to be a natural state for men and women and sexual pleasure is God’s gift to humanity.• The marriage ceremony’s rituals originate in the Talmud.• There is generally no engagement in the Jewish marriage ritual. It is one part of a two part ceremony.
On the Wedding Day… The bride and groom fast on the day of the ceremony. Fasting is in order to seek forgiveness for sins of the past. The bride engages in a mikvah or ritual bath.
On the Wedding Day… The Ketubbah is signed before a Rabbi, the father of the groom and his father-in-law and another witness. The groom is led to the Chuppah by his father and father-in-law. The Chuppah is supported by 4 poles signifying the 4 corners of the world.
On the Wedding Day… The bride is led to the Chuppah by her mother and mother-in-law and the mothers circle the groom 7 times. The Rabbi blesses the couple over a cup of wine. The groom places the ring on the bride’s finger. The Ketubbah is read aloud and given to the bride.
On the Wedding Day… The couple is blessed with 7 blessings. The groom then breaks a glass under his foot in memory of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. The husband and wife move to a private room for the Yichud. This may be a time for breaking the fast, although historically it was a time for marriage consummation .
Question Time What features of a Jewish Wedding ceremony distinguish it from other faiths?