April 13, 2011

The Jewish wedding dictionary

Chatan – groom Kallah – bride Kittel – white garment that some grooms wear Kabbalat Panim – reception, takes place before the Chupa Tena’im – ceremony that takes place during the reception Badeken – the covering of the bride by a veil Birkat kallah – special prayer that bride says during the badeken, often it is written out decoratively and is displayed in the home Chuppah – the canopy Shehecheyanu […]
April 13, 2011

All about the Ketuba

— The wedding contract — A ketubah is a special legal document, the marriage contract, which is an integral part of a Jewish  wedding ceremony. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride. It was set up in ancient times by the Rabbis to protect the wife in case her husband died prematurely or divorced her in which case she would lose her financial […]
April 13, 2011

Your Jewish wedding day customs

The Jewish wedding day can be the happiest day of your life.  It is also considered one of the holiest days.  It represents the moment before the Bride and Groom are about to end the first part of their life, and embark on the next part.  The Rabbi’s compare it to a personal Yom Kippur, a day of retrospection and a day when all the bride and groom’s past mistakes […]
April 13, 2011

The Jewish wedding ceremony 101

Kabbalat Panim The wedding celebrations open with a reception called “Kabbalat Panim’ during which both the bride and groom are greeted by family and friends. It is customary for the bride and groom to sit separately in adjoining rooms because they have     often had no contact for a week prior to the wedding and it is only at the huppa that they meet again. This separation period prior to the […]
April 13, 2011

You’re hosting sheva brachot – so make it fun!

Choose a theme Invite attendees to come dressed according to the theme.  You can decorate the table, and even make food according to the theme. Some examples of themes: cartoon characters, The Superbowl, men in black, a favorite TV show, characters from the bible or a country. The theme can be connected to the bride and groom (how or where they met, where they grew up, where they will live […]
April 13, 2011

Text for sheva brachot blessings

ברוך אתה ה’ אלהינו מלך העולם, בורא פרי הגפן . Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha‑olam, bo’re p’ri hagafen. Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.”   ברוך אתה ה’ אלהינו מלך העולם, שהכל ברא לכבודו. Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha‑olam shehakol bara lichvodo. Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who […]
April 13, 2011

Customs for your Sheva Brachot meal!

When the meal is concluded, it is time for the highlight of the event — the Sheva Brachot blessings. After the grace is completed, six of the guests are invited to take a cup of wine and recite a blessing of the Sheva Brachot. Laws and Customs: Before the Birkat Hamazon (Grace after Meals), two full cups of wine are prepared; one for the individual who leads Birkat Hamazon, and […]
April 13, 2011

Shabbat Chatan/Aufruf basics!

The Shabbat Chatan/ Aufruf (pronounced “oofroof”) for Ashkenazi Jews usually takes place on the Shabbat preceding the wedding, and for Sephardi Jews usually takes place on the Shabbat following the wedding. It is customary for the chatan (groom) to be called up to the Torah in the synagogue. This serves to announce the forthcoming marriage to the community and to recognize, congratulate, and share in the joy of the wedding! After […]
April 13, 2011

Free and Fanstastically helpful wedding planner checklist!

Your wedding day is probably one of the most important days of your life,  and you don’t want to forget anything!  If you have one year, one week or one day left until your wedding it’s a good idea to use our tried, tested and highly acclaimed wedding planner checklist!
April 13, 2011

Is married life the easy life?

Based on an article by Rabbi David Clyman from Aish It’s is a myth that single life is hard, and married life is easy, the reality is that to get married and to stay happily married, entails hard work.  Ultimately in every marriage there will be painful issues to work out and disagreements are inevitable. Seeking pleasure Most people seek a pleasurable life. But often real pleasures have a price […]