A traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals, symbolizing the beauty of the relationship of husband and wife, as well as their love to each other and to the Jewish people. The wedding day
The wedding day is the happiest and holiest day of their life, the wedding day is considered a personal Yom Kippur for the chatan (Hebrew for groom) and kallah (bride) because on their wedding day all their mistakes in the past are forgiven as they merge into a new, complete soul together. On this day both the bride and groom fast from dawn until after the completion of the marriage ceremony and when fasting the chatan (bride) wears a kittel which is a traditional white robe
It is customary for the chatan and kallah not to see each other for one week preceding the wedding the reason being this increases the excitement of the event. Therefore the chatan and the kallah greet their guests separately, this is called kabalat panim. At this time there is an Ashkenazi tradition for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom to stand together and break a plate. The reason is to show the seriousness of the commitment of their family life.
The custom is that the chatan is accompanied by the family and friends where the kallah will be seated and the mother of the groom places a veil over the chatans face which signifies the groom is committed to cloth and protects his wife
The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah which symbolises the new home the the couple build together and live in, the chappah is open in all sides as it was when Abraham and sarah where hetting married which symbolised that all people are invited. The chappah ceremony is to be out side under the stars so that god can give his blessing to the newly wed, ther are many coustom preformed under the chuppa where the chatan and the kallah wear no jewelry under the chuppah which symbolizes the showing of the commitment based on who...
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