Jew-Ish Weddings 101

Our Jew-ish Wedding

Hillary and I decided we wanted a unique wedding to match our spirituality. With that in mind, we found a wonderful rabbi who will help us weave together our traditions to create a ceremony as unique as our relationship. Some traditions might feel familiar with a twist, and others are new. All will help us start a wonderful life together.

The Chuppah

Jewish weddings take place under a canopy called a chuppah – the canopy itself can be made of almost anything – but it creates a spiritually charged area for the couple during the wedding. The four posts holding up the chuppah represent the new home and family the couple is creating. The sides of the canopy remain open to symbolize the importance of including family and friends throughout life's journey. Video

Breaking the Glass

What is this breaking glass thing all about? Sure it’s fun to break things, but that’s not the only reason that we break glass at Jewish weddings! There are many different interpretations of this tradition. It reminds us that love, like glass, is fragile and must be protected. The glass is broken to protect the marriage with an implied prayer: “May your marriage last as long as it would take to repair this glass." The shattering of the glass concludes the ceremony on a high note. The glass-breaking is typically followed by a communal “mazel tov!”, which means “good fortune” in Yiddish and is the equivalent of “congratulations!”

How to dance the Hora

Often the Hora is danced to Hava Nagila (הבה נגילה‎) which means “let us rejoice"! It is an Israeli folk song that you have probably heard many many times at weddings and Bar & Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, not to mention episodes of TV shows. Here is a simple guide. Video