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Likkutei Sichos, Vol. VI, p. 107ff. I. “And on the third day, when it was morning, there were sounds (Kolos) and lightning; and there was a heavy cloud on the mountain. And the sound (Kol) of the shofar [resounded] very powerfully... And the sound (Kol) o...
Do You Know Your Bride? Why does the groom place an opaque veil over his bride’s face? The father of the first Jewish family, Jacob, was a victim of a last-minute switch. His father-in-law substituted Leah, the older of his two daughters, for Rachel, the ...
The reading of the entire Aramaic marriage contract is an honored tradition. Maimonides said, "The custom of our fathers is law, and custom was to read the ketubah aloud." The origin of the reading is probably the twelfth-century scholar, Rabben...
While the marriage ring appears to have an ancient tradition, there is no specific reference to it in the Talmud. Saadiah Gaon cites as a possible origin the phrase in Nehemiah 7:46 be’nei tabbaot (children of the rings). He considered them to be children...
The Marriage Contract (Ketubah) The ketubah is a unilateral agreement drawn by witnesses in accordance with Jewish civil law, in which they testify that the husband guarantees to his wife that he will meet certain minimum human and financial conditions of...
The chuppah is a tapestry attached to the tops of four poles. The word chuppah means covering or protection, and is intended as a roof or covering for the bride and groom at their wedding. The chuppah is not merely a charming folk custom, a ceremonial obj...
The seven benedictions under the chuppah are recited by the rabbi or others who are given the honor. They should be read only in the presence of a minyan, which may include the rabbi, the groom, witnesses, and parents. The benedictions are not to be recit...
All participants at the chuppah should stand, except the infirm and the aged. Some even hold that everyone at the wedding should stand either because of the reference to sanctity, ke'dushah (as one stands during the ke'dushah prayers during a religious se...
The veiling ceremony is held only for a bride's first marriage. When the two islands of activity for bride and groom are bridged by the procession from the groom's table to the bride's throne, the merging signals the beginning of the wedding celebration. ...
The fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Samech (also spelled Samekh) is the fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet Numerical value: 60 Sound: "S" Meaning: 1. Support 2. medicine Story Yaakov had been terribly ill for weeks. He finally decided to ask R. Mordechai of Neshchiz for advice. “Rebbe,...
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