Sheva B’rachot

The Sheva Brachot are seven special blessings in honor of the wedding, that are recited both under the chuppah and at the end of the festive meal that follows the ceremony. The seven blessings of the Sheva Brachot are:

-The First Blessing is recited over a cup of wine as a sign of rejoicing.

-The Second Blessing thanks G-d for creating the world. At the same time, it honors those assembled at the wedding.

-The Third and Fourth Blessings acknowledge G-d’s physical and spiritual creation of humankind. These blessings are recited at weddings, since it is only then that the couple begins their life as complete human beings.

-The Fifth Blessing is a prayer for the restoration of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, the edifice which so expressed G-d’s special relationship with the Jewish people that the memory of its destruction rises above even our highest joys.

-The Sixth Blessing expresses the hope that the bride and groom grow in their love for each other, with a focus as exclusive as that of Adam and Eve, when there was no one else in the world.

-The Seventh Blessing is a prayer that the time of the Messiah will come to redeem the Jewish people from exile so that peace and tranquility will reign over the world.