Breaking Of The Glass

This is the final ritual of the Jewish wedding ceremony.

The origins of breaking a glass at a wedding are unclear. Many cultures share the practice of breaking something, such as a plate, upon the confirmation of a contract. Some believe the noise made by the shattering of a glass or plate scares away evil spirits determined to mar the joyous occasion.

Many rabbis explain that the breaking of a glass reminds us that relationships are fragile and must be taken care of, lest the break. Since this is a matter of custom and not religious law, there are no rules guiding what should be broken. Many people choose a light bulb because it is easy to break and may make a louder noise. If you are using a glass, one made of thin material and with a short stem will be easier to break. In either case, whatever is broken should be well wrapped in a thick cloth napkin.

Sheva Brachot |7 Blessings

The seven blessings for the bride and groom
can be recited by the Rabbi or Cantor, or a selection of honored guests.
The number 7 has special significance in the Jewish culture –
It’s a very spiritual/”lucky” number.

Also known as birkot nissuin (Hebrew: ברכות נישואין‎), “the wedding blessings” in Jewish law are blessings that are recited for a bride and her groom as part of nissuin. In Jewish marriages there are two stages – betrothal (erusin) and establishing the full marriage (nissuin); historically there was a year between the two events, but in modern marriages, the two are combined as a single wedding ceremony.

Though the Sheva Brachot are a stylistically harmonious whole, they are actually a mosaic of interwoven Biblical words, phrases and ideas. It is not certain who composed the benedictions; the text is recorded in the Talmud,[1] but its origin is probably several centuries earlier.

The following are the Seven Blessings: – Transliterated and Translated:

1. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohainu Melech HaOlam, SheHakol Borah Lichvodo.

Blessed are You, G-d, our L-rd, King of the universe, Who has created everything for His glory.
Sheva Brachot |Blessing 1

 

 

2. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohainu Melech   HaOlam, Yotzer Ha’Adam      

Blessed are You, G-d, our L-rd, King of the universe, Who fashioned the Man.

Sheva Brachot |Blessing 2

 

 

3. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohainu Melech HaOlam, Asher Yatzar Et Ha’Adam Betzalmo, b’Tzelem Dmut Tavnito, VeHitkon Lo Mimenu Binyan Adei Ad. Baruch Ata Adonai Yotzer Ha’Adam 

Blessed are You, G-d, our L-rd, King of the universe, Who fashioned the Man in His image, in the image of his likeness and prepared for him from himself a building for eternity. Blessed are You G-d, Who fashioned the man.

Sheva Brachot |Blessing 3

 

 

 

4. Sos Tasis VeTagel HaAkarah, BeKibbutz Bane’ha Letocha BeSimchaa. Baruch Ata Adonai, Mesame’ach Tzion BeVaneha

Bring intense joy and exultation to the barren one through the ingathering of her children amidst her in gladness. Blessed are You, G-d, Who gladdens Zion with her children. Sheva Brachot |Blessing 4

 

 

5. Sameach TeSamach Re’im Ahuvim, KeSamechacha Yetzircha BeGan Eden MiKedem. Baruch Ata Adonai, MeSame’ach Chatan VeKalah

Gladden the beloved companions as You gladdened Your creatons in the garden of Eden from the earliest time. Blessed are You, G-d, Who gladdens groom and bride. Sheva Brachot |Blessing 5

 

 

6. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohainu Melech HaOlam, Asher Barah Sasson VeSimcha, Chatan VeKalah, Gila Rina, Ditza VeChedva, Ahava VeAchava, VeShalom VeRe’ut. MeHera Adonai Eloheinu Yishama BeArei Yehudah U’Vchutzot Yerushalayim, Kol Sasson V’eKol Simcha, Kol Chatan V’eKol Kalah, Kol Mitzhalot Chatanim MeChupatam, U’Nearim Mimishte Neginatam. Baruch Ata Adonai, MeSame’ach Chatan Im Hakalah.

Blessed are You, G-d, our L-rd, King of the universe, Who created joy and gladness, groom and bride, mirth, glad song, pleasure, delight, love, brotherhood, peace, and companionship. G-d, our L-rd, let there soon be heard in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the grooms’ joy from their canopies and of the youths from their song-filled feasts. Blessed are You G-d Who gladdens the groom with the bride. Sheva Brachot |Blessing 6

 

 

 

 

 

7. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohainu Melech HaOlam, Boreh Pri HaGafen.

Blessed are You, G-d, our L-rd, the King of the universe, creator of the fruit of the vine. Sheva Brachot |Blessing 7

Hakafot – Circling

Jewish wedding ceremonies traditionally begin with the
bride circling the groom seven times. Circling,
symbolizes creating an invisible wall of love and protection.
To make this ritual more egalitarian, some couples
choose to hold hands and walk the seven circles together.

*It’s also popular (and often preferred) for the bride and groom to do 3 circles each, and the 7 circle together.