What Are The 7 Blessings in a Jewish Wedding?

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Ancient. That’s the best way to describe the seven Jewish blessings of a marriage ceremony. Interpreted from the original Hebrew texts, Sheva Brachot, the blessings come after the wedding feast.  

They’ve been around for a while and, because of this, interpretations are often changed to better reflect values we hold at present. Let’s be honest, the word ‘Gladdener’ isn’t used too often in your average conservation these days! 

But, Jewish marriage traditions are wonderful, so we’ve broken down the seven blessings to make them a little easier to understand.

The 7 Blessings

One 

Things start simply. Here, we get references to God’s sovereignty of the Universe and creation of the vine-fruit. 

Two

We’re now handed reference to God’s glorious intentions when the Universe was created under his stead. 

Three 

Now, we’re introduced to men, and how God created them along with the Universe. 

Four 

God created men to reflect his own values, and this helped fashion perpetual life. 

Five 

Tricky to interpret, but this one does bless the Lord, and references him being the Gladdener of Zion by way of her children. 

Six 

The Gladdener reference is now given to the bride and groom. This also applies to creations in the Garden of Eden. 

Seven 

Everything is expanded. That being the addition of song, delight, rejoice and harmony alongside themes of sovereignty and creation. 

The overriding message to take from all the seven blessings is joy, something associated largely with the bride and groom, the cities of Judah and the courtyards in Jerusalem. 

Why Are There Seven Blessings? 

In Judaism, the number seven appears many times, representing the divine number of completion, perfect for a ceremony uniting a couple as one. Other key themes around the seven blessings are God’s creation, power, bringing joy and harmony.

Why are the Seven Blessings Important? 

It’s a powerful way to draw upon ancient Jewish traditions and apply them to current, everyday life. With the key messages based on joy, happiness and rejoicing, they fit perfectly with the celebrations of a Jewish wedding. The blessings link the couple to God on the most important day of their lives. 

When are the Seven Blessings Read? 

Expect to hear the readings of the Seven Blessings during the height of the wedding ceremony. The couple will stand underneath the Chuppah, a canopy at the front of the ceremony, and either friends, family members or someone officiating the event will recite the Seven Blessings. 

The exact wording is often different, as the blessings will be modified according to that person’s interpretation of what they mean. Languages have evolved rather a lot since the blessings were first penned, so you are likely to be in for a unique experience at every Jewish wedding you attend.

If you are attending a Jewish wedding and are unsure of the customs, traditions or what to wear to a Jewish wedding ceremony, check out our guides and advice on Jewish Weddings.

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