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#1 Alyssa

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    Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:23 PM

    Does anyone have a good hebrew wedding blessing or prayer?

    We are having a unique inter-faith ceremony and my father is planning on reading a hebrew blessing. he showed me the one he is planning on using and it is good but i would like to explore a bit and see if there is something that hits home a bit more for us.

    i just did a bunch of google searches but am not really finding anything.

    TIA!

    #2 Nrvsbride

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      Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:31 PM

      Alyssa I don't have one off the top of my head b/c I don't speak Hebrew but I can ask my friend for you. She had a nice one at her wedding. I'll email her now.

      #3 ErinB

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        Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:33 PM

        Will he read in Hebrew or do you want something that has been translated with Hebrew origins?

        Are you going to do the Sheva Brachot?

        #4 Alyssa

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          Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:36 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by ErinB
          Will he read in Hebrew or do you want something that has been translated with Hebrew origins?

          Are you going to do the Sheva Brachot?
          Erin,
          We are not doing Sheva Brachot or most of the other traditions and yes he will read in Hebrew and English (most likely).
          thanks!

          #5 ErinB

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            Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:40 PM

            This is an updated version of Sheva Borchat that I like:

            From "The New Jewish Wedding"
            By Anita Diamant

            We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, expressing our appreciation for this wine, symbol and aid of our rejoicing.

            We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, realizing that each separate moment and every distinct object points to and shares in this oneness.

            We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, recognizing and appreciating the blessing of being human.

            We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, realizing the special gift of awareness that permits us to perceive this unity and the wonder we experience as a man and a woman joined to live together.

            May rejoicing resound throughout the world as the homeless are given homes, persecution and oppression cease, and all people learn to live in peace with each other and in harmony with their environment.

            From the Divine, source of all energy, we call forth an abundance of love to envelop this couple. May they be for each other lovers and friends, and may their love partake of the same innocence, purity, and sense of discovery that we imagine the first couple to have experienced.

            We acknowledge the Unity of all within the sovereignty of God, and we highlight today joy and gladness, bridegroom and bride, delight and cheer, love and harmony, peace and companionship. May we all witness the day when the dominant sounds through the world will be these sounds of happiness, the voices of lovers, the sounds of feasting and singing.

            Praised is love; blessed be this marriage. May the bride and bridegroom rejoice together.

            #6 1elephant

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              Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:50 PM

              alyssa, the only blessing i could give you is one for chanukkah candles, lol! sorry!

              #7 cantorballard

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                Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:23 AM

                Alyssa,
                Your Father could read the Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim) or otherwise known as Y'varech'cha, though it is very short. I really like the English/modified version of the Seven Blessings that Erin B posted above. Other than that, there is not much more that goes into a traditional wedding, but in my ceremonies - I quite often use the Apache Wedding blessing.

                The only other blessing, is the Shehecheyanu, which blesses G-d for bringing us to this special time. Hope this helps.
                Debbi

                #8 neen

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                  Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:38 PM

                  So we are using the traditional seven blessings in our ceremony and I'm wondering how to word the intro for the minister. Are the blessings offered to GOD or to the bridegroom and bride Meaning, should it be:

                  It is Jewish custom to offer 7 blessing to/for (??) on the wedding day. So and so will now offer these blessing:

                  ...

                  (if you can't tell, I'm not the jewish one in my duo!)

                  #9 cantorballard

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                    Posted 23 October 2008 - 08:02 AM

                    Neen,
                    Here is my introduction to the Seven Blessings. Feel free to use what you wish




                    Seven Blessings/Sheva B´rachot

                    (I read –Tallit wrapped around both)

                    In a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony the Bride circles the groom seven times which represents the Kabbalistic idea of the earth revolving around the sun seven times to complete the creation. Today I place the tallit around X and Y to symbolize the idea of wholeness and completion and to define a protective circle around them. I recite the seven blessings (Sheva Barochot) which begins with the traditional recitation of the blessing over the 2nd cup of wine.

                    The blessings I invoke join the new couple to their new community of other married couples, and we pray for them to live a life of celebration and joy in their community.

                    #10 Alyssa

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                      Posted 23 October 2008 - 09:07 AM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by cantorballard
                      Alyssa,
                      Your Father could read the Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim) or otherwise known as Y'varech'cha, though it is very short. I really like the English/modified version of the Seven Blessings that Erin B posted above. Other than that, there is not much more that goes into a traditional wedding, but in my ceremonies - I quite often use the Apache Wedding blessing.

                      The only other blessing, is the Shehecheyanu, which blesses G-d for bringing us to this special time. Hope this helps.
                      Debbi
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by cantorballard
                      Neen,
                      Here is my introduction to the Seven Blessings. Feel free to use what you wish




                      Seven Blessings/Sheva B´rachot

                      (I read –Tallit wrapped around both)

                      In a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony the Bride circles the groom seven times which represents the Kabbalistic idea of the earth revolving around the sun seven times to complete the creation. Today I place the tallit around X and Y to symbolize the idea of wholeness and completion and to define a protective circle around them. I recite the seven blessings (Sheva Barochot) which begins with the traditional recitation of the blessing over the 2nd cup of wine.

                      The blessings I invoke join the new couple to their new community of other married couples, and we pray for them to live a life of celebration and joy in their community.
                      hey! thanks for the blessing but my wedding was actually 2 months ago. here is a tip for you when viewing threads - almost all brides wedding dates are posted under their username in their posts - also glance at the date the 'last post' was done in a thread.

                      thanks :)




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