What are the Sheva Brachot in a Jewish Wedding?

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What are the Sheva Brachot in a Jewish Wedding?

The Sheva Brachot in a Jewish Wedding are known as the “seven blessings” or “the wedding blessings” and are an important part of Jewish Law. They are recited for the Bride and Groom during the Jewish Wedding Ceremony, under the Chuppah, over a cup of wine, that the Bride and Groom will then drink from. The Sheva Brachot symbolise being blessed for their life that the couple are about to start together.  They are often recited by the Rabbi or Chazzan, but you can also honour friends or family by asking them to recite each blessing to you which can be very special.

The Sheva Brachot in a Jewish Wedding are also recited after the wedding meal over wine, once the Grace after Meals prayer has finished. This can be a very lively affair as the Bride and Groom rush between tables, accompanied by music, for someone special in their lives to recite one of the blessings to them. Obviously they can also be recited by one person, but the former way is definitely more fun!

Below is the English translation of the Sheva Brachot:

  1. Blessed are You, L-rd our G?d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
  2. Blessed are You, L-rd our G?d, King of the universe, who has created all things for His glory.
  3. Blessed are You, L-rd our G?d, King of the universe, Creator of man.
  4. Blessed are You, L-rd our G?d, King of the universe, who created man in His image, in the image [of His] likeness [He fashioned] his form, and prepared for him from his own self an everlasting edifice. Blessed are You L-rd, Creator of man.
  5. May the barren one [Jerusalem] rejoice and be happy at the ingathering of her children to her midst in joy. Blessed are You L-rd, who gladdens Zion with her children.
  6. Grant abundant joy to these loving friends, as You bestowed gladness upon Your created being in the Garden of Eden of old. Blessed are You L-rd, who gladdens the groom and bride.
  7. Blessed are You, L-rd our G?d, King of the universe, who created joy and happiness, groom and bride, gladness, jubilation, cheer and delight, love, friendship, harmony and fellowship. L-rd our G?d, let there speedily be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of happiness, the sound of a groom and the sound of a bride, the sound of exultation of grooms from under their Chuppah, and youths from their joyous banquets. Blessed are You L-rd, who gladdens the groom with the bride.

The final blessing is the longest and the one that is most personal to the couple.  It has a beautiful melody and the guests often sing-a-long, involving everybody in the wonderful simcha that everybody is enjoying being a part of.

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