Today is May 23rd, 2017 -
A Jewish wedding is a beautiful ceremony between two individuals entering into a holy covenant with one another. It echoes the covenant (brit) that the Jews entered into with God at Mount Sinai. Through various traditional Jewish wedding rituals, most especially through the ketubah (wedding contract) and the exchange of rings, two people begin a new relationship with one another, accepting special obligations toward one another in love. The wedding ceremony is called “Kiddushin,” a term for “holiness,” which indicates that two people joined in marriage share a relationship that is sanctified, set-apart, and touched by God. The wedding ceremony occurs under a wedding canopy, called a huppah, which symbolizes the Jewish home. A special blessing invokes the idea that God is present even in the most intimate of our relationships, and the traditional Seven Blessings (Sheva Brachot), which are often sung, that recall how the city of Jerusalem rejoices whenever a Jewish wedding occurs.
Individuals interested in learning more about the Jewish wedding rituals should contact Rabbi Andrew Vogel, and also turn to these excellent resources:
The New Jewish Wedding , by Anita Diamant
Meeting at the Well: A Jewish Spiritual Guide to Being Engaged , by Rabbis Daniel Judson and Nancy H. Wiener
The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life , edited by Ronnie Friedland and Edmund Case
“FAQ on Reform movement view on Interfaith Weddings”
For more information, please feel free to contact Rabbi Vogel at (617) 277-5888.