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Important Elements Needed for Jewish Wedding Ceremonies
State Marriage License
(2) Kiddush cups (wine cups, wine goblets)1
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A Chuppah (wedding canopy) & 4 poles 2
Plain wedding bands (rings)4
Both Hebrew names5
Tallit (prayer shawl)7
Breakable wine cup wrapped in cloth - for breaking of the glass
1 Kiddush Cups (two wine cups, wine goblets) - wine is a central feature during a Jewish ceremony. Two physical bodies will elevate their relationship to the spiritual level. (Actually, 2 wine cups. One old representing your either of the bride or bridegroom's family tree and one new for the bride and bridegroom's union.)
2 A Chuppah - The marriage ceremony is conducted under a wedding canopy. There are two meanings for a Chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy.The Kallah (bride) and Katan (bridegroom) standing under the Chuppah recite sacred vows to each other. Making the wedding ceremony spiritual.
It symbolizes both the new household the bride and bridegroom are forming and represents the public recognition of their new status as man and wife. The Jewish home is filled with acts of love. Read one brides touching Chuppah Story
3 Ketubah - The Jewish Marriage Contract between bridegroom and bride.
4 Wedding Rings - plain gold bands. This symbolizes the wholeness and eternity of one’s commitment to one’s spouse. (The rings should belong to the bridegroom's family providing the marriage of that couple did not end in divorce.)
5 Hebrew Names - Hebrew names is a person's link to their family tree, their heritage.
Your Hebrew name has 5 elements:
1. Your Hebrew name
2. bar/bat (son of/daughter of)
3. Your father's Hebrew name
4. ve (and)
5. Your mother's Hebrew name
6 Witnesses - 2 Jewish witnesses are needed to sign the Ketubah (cannot be an immediate family member). A cousin is acceptable. Your state marriage license witness' do not need to be Jewish.
7 Over sized Tallit (prayer shawl) - Some Rabbis will wrap together the bride and groom by a single tallit (prayer shawl) and offer a personal, private blessing including the priestly blessings for the wedding couple. The tallit represents the number 32, which is the number of fringes on the tallit shawl. The number 32 is the numerical value for heart in Hebrew.
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