Wedding Ceremony (Chuppah)
The wedding ceremony takes place under the canopy (chuppah), a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together. It is open on all sides as a representation of unconditional hospitality.
On the aisle, Alison and Adam will see each other for the first time after a few days of not seeing each other. Adam will put a veil over Alison's face to symbolize the idea of modesty and convey the lesson that however physical appearances may be, the soul and character are paramount.
Two cups of wine are used in the wedding ceremony. The first cup accompanies the "commitment" blessings, recited by the rabbi. After these are recited, the couple drinks from the cup.
Wine, a symbol of joy in Jewish tradition, is associated with Kiddush - the sanctification prayer recited on Shabbat and festivals. Marriage, called Kiddushin, is the sanctification of a woman and man to each other.
Giving of the ring
In Jewish law a marriage becomes official when the groom gives an object of value to the bride - traditionally done with a ring.
Adam will take the wedding ring in his hand and say "Harei at mekudeshet li b’taba’at zu k’dat Moshe v’Yisrael " ("you shall be consecrated to me according to the law of Moses and Israel " ) declaring that they are now married.
Now comes the reading of the marriage contract (ketubah), a document that outlines the groom’s various responsibilities towards his new wife.
The document was previously signed by two witnesses and has the standing of a legally binding agreement.
The Seven Blessings (Sheva Brachot) are now recited over a second cup of wine by close family and friends. At its conclusion, Alison and Adam again drink some of the wine.
Breaking the glass
A glass is now placed on the floor and Adam will shatter it with his foot. In midst of all the joy this serves as a reminder that our world is still not perfected. This also marks the conclusion of the ceremony.
With shouts of "Mazel Tov," Alison and Adam are then given an enthusiastic reception from guests as they leave the chuppah together.
Alison and Adam are now escorted to the Cheder Yichud (a private room) and left alone for a few minutes. These moments of seclusion signify their new status of living together as husband and wife.
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