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Wedding blessing ceremony and sealing all with the wine is raised high with joy.
Wedding Blessing Ceremony – the Seven Blessings
The Jewish wedding blessing ceremony is called Nisuin.
The rabbi pours the wedding couple’s second cup of wine into their new Kiddush cup pre-ceremony. The wedding couple will share the wine that seals the seven blessings, the Sheva B’rachot. The clergy officiant read or chant them. Sheva is the Hebrew word for seven. B’rachot is the Hebrew word for blessings. The Sheva B’rachot Seven is a prominent number in Judaism. For many culturally connected to their Judaism, it is symbolic of a personal connection.
The Jewish wedding blessings declare, ‘The sound of joy, the sound of celebration, the voice of the groom, the voice of the bride. Two people make a marriage. The seven blessings are symbolic of the beauty of two people who can create their own beautiful world. There are alternative ways to read or chant the seven blessings with a modern twist. There is no requirement for it to be strictly traditional.
The wine is sacred, growing and being nourished directly from the earth. Fermentation is the natural process of the grape. That too is how wine is certified kosher, as the grapes from the vine are in their purest form with no additives. Most foods are naturally kosher in their original form. Therefore, the grapes that grow on the vine are picturesque in the vineyards. Nature at its best with its beautiful surroundings.
In Napa Valley, California’s wine country, Hagafen Cellars Vineyard is kosher. The staff is friendly, both by email and in person. When you visit, you feel very comfortable as you enjoy your time tasting the wine with the vineyard only a few feet away from you.
Also see, Order of Wedding Ceremony