The processional may include the groom's parents escorting him to the chuppah followed by the bride's parents doing the same with their daughter.Alternately, the two fathers may escort the groom, while the two mothers escort the bride.
Lastly, there is a mystical teaching that the bride, in circling seven times, enters seven spheres of her husband's innermost being.One explanation for the basis of circling three times is based on the three times in Hosea -22 when God, in reassuring Israel, "says": "and I will betroth you unto Me." Another refers to a woman's three basic rights in marriage: food, clothing, and sex.Among some Jews, it is customary for the wedding couple to fast on their wedding day, which is a day of forgiveness, similar to Yom Kippur.As a couple prepares for a new life together, this practice may enhance the spirituality of the day.The following guide explains the beauty and joy of these the Jewish wedding traditions.
The dawning wedding day heralds the happiest and holiest day of one's life.Although the custom of (veiling of the bride) is not generally practiced by Reform Jews, one may encounter this ritual at some Jewish weddings.In this custom, which grew out of the biblical story of Jacob's love for Rachel, the groom looks at the bride before covering her face with the veil.At this point the rabbi or cantor offers words of welcome and thanksgiving, often Psalm 1: "Blessed are you who come in the name of " and Psalm 100, which expresses thanks to and praise for God.The officiant also may recite these words to a medieval hymn: "May the One who is mighty and blessed above all bless the groom and the bride." The custom of the bride circling the groom (generally seven times, but sometimes only three) is a part of many modern weddings.The more usual custom of seven circles has many explanations, including that there are seven days in a week and seven on Shabbat.