The Jewish traditional wedding n° 2


Often the future husband and wife choose not to meet a few days before the wedding, in order to meditate on this important event.
The day of the wedding is the beginning of a new life, husband and wife together, respecting the Jewish traditions; it is also the day inwhich their sins are forgiven.

The religious service is celebrated under the wedding canopy (huppa), a symbol of their new matrimonial home, called according to prophet Malachia, sanctuary for Eternity.
The leading towards the huppa has many different shapes according to the communities. The husband (Hatan) gives to the wife (kala) the one and only ring for their union under the eyes of two witnesses. The kala must not take off the ring for the whole ceremony.

Then the rabbi fills a glass with wine and reads the following prayer :
"Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe,
Creator of the fruit of the vine."
The hatan then breaks a glass to finish the ceremony, a symbol to recall the destruction of Jerusalem Temple.

At the end of the ceremony, the couple takes a moment to be alone, an intimate moment to embody their union. They join afterwards their guests for a festive meal with music and dances.

Listen to the radio show Yiddish Glik / Le Bonheur Juif, dedicated to the marriage

Listen to

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  • La hora du bonheur - Luc Cherki

  • Le mariage (EXTRAIT) - Lili Boniche

  • Wedding march - Zev Eldman & Andy Statman

  • Les 7 bénédictions du mariage (EXTRAIT) - Michel Heymann

  • Mariage dans l’oasis - Scharif Alaoui

  • Vahalleluya (EXTRAIT) - Anthology of Music Traditions in Israël

  • Bonni Polka - Marty Levitt

  • Song of the Henna - Jewish Music (UNESCO)

  • Uri liqr’a ti yafah - Ensemble Alla Francesca

  • Ansi se me arrimo (EXTRAIT) - Judith Cohen & Eduardo Paniagua

  • Cérémonie Nuptiale - Emile Kaçmann

  • Fihren di Makhetonim aheim - Zev Eldman & Andy Statman

  • Marriage Contract from the Torah - Jewish Music (UNESCO)

  • Marche nuptiale - Dany Delmin

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