Jewish Blessings

Seven Blessings and translations:
(Raise wine cup for the “7” Blessings)

Baruch ata Adonai elohainu melech ha’olam,

sh’hakol bara lichvodo.

(Blessed are You, God, Light of life, who created everything for Your glory.)

Baruch ata Adonai elohainu melech ha’olam,

yotzer ha’adam.

(Blessed are You, God, Spirit of all things, who has created the human being.)

Baruch ata Adonai elohainu melech ha’olam,

asher yatzar et ha’Adam b’tzalmo, b’tzelem

d’Mut tavnito, v’hitkin to mimenu binyan adei ad.

Baruch ata Adonai yotzer ha’adam.

(Blessed are You, God, Foundation of every life, who fashioned humanity in Your likeness and prepared for us a shape and form in Your image, from one generation to the next and for all eternity. Blessed are You, God, who has created human beings.)

Sos tasis v’tagel ha’akarah, b’kibutz bane’ha

I’tocha B’simcha. Baruch ata Adonai,

m’same’ach tzion b’vaneha.

(Israel will surely celebrate and exult in the coming together of her children. Blessed are You, God, who brings joy to Isreal through her children. Give pleasure these beloved companions as You did to Your creation in the Garden of Eden so long ago.)

Same’ch t’samach re’im ha’a’huvim,

k’samechacha y’tzircha b’gan E’den miKedem.

Baruch ata Adonai, m’same’ach chatan v’kala.

(Blessed are You, God, who makes the hearts of this couple rejoice.

Baruch ata Adonai elohainu melech ha’olam,

asher bara sasson v’simcha, chatan v’kalah, gila

rina, ditza v’chedva, ahava v’achava, v’shalom

v’re’ut. M’hera Adonai elohainu yishma b’arai

y’huda uvchutzot Y’ruchalayim, kol sasson v’kol

simcha, kol chatan v’kol kala. Kol mitzhalot

chatanin m’chuptam, unarim mimishte

n’ginatam. Baruch ata Adonai m’same’ach

chatan im hakala.

(Blessed are You, God, Source of the universe, who has created each of these two people, their delight and their happiness, their rejoicing and singing, dancing and festivity, love and friendship, peace and pleasure. O God may the voices of this celebration be heard in the streets of our cities and the hills of our countryside. May the words of this couple go out with gladness, and may the music of their friends and guests surround them. Blessed are You, God
who brings joy to the hearts of this couple)

Baruch ata Adonai elohainu melach ha’olam,

borei pri hagafen.

(Blessed You, God, Source of the world, who creates the fruit of the vine.)

Bride and groom sip the wine
As you have shared the wine from a single cup, so may you, under God’s guidance, share contentment, peace and fulfillment from the cup of life. May you find life’s joys heightened, its bitterness sweetened, and each of its moments hallowed by true companionship and love.

Optional:
Explain, read, and Signing of the Ketubah at this time

Prepare for the breaking of the glass

The breaking of the glass symbolizes the irrevocability of broken glass. The glass shatters into many pieces the action cannot be taken back. Just as the vows you have spoken to each other today can not be taken back. It’s irrevocable and permanent.

Now that you __________and you _________ have promised to give yourselves to one another and to love each other through your sacred vows and through the giving and receiving of these rings, By the power vested in me and by the power of your love I pronounce you husband and wife.
Those whom God has joined together may he generously bless forever.
1-2-3 (break the glass)
Mazel Tov!
You may now Kiss one another.

The Benediction #1: (Use #1 or #2 or both may be preferred)

Because you can rest in the comfort of knowing that you are chosen through one another to serve the highest purposes of love, depart in peace, recognizing that what you undertake together will bring you great joy, and that the love you share can truly help to change the world. Now go forth from this place with jubilation in your hearts and gladness in your feet. Amen.
(#2 benedition ) this can also be added to #1.

Y’varech’cha Adonai v’yish’m’recha. Ya’eir

Adonai panav eliecha vi’y’chuneka. Yisa Adonai

panav eilecha v’yasem I’cha shalom.

(May God bless you and keep you. May God’s presence shine upon you and be gracious to you. May God’s presence be with you and give you peace.

Breaking Glass--Jewish Wedding Tradition as well as many others enjoy bringing this custom in their ceremony.
The breaking of the Jewish wedding glass is at the end of the wedding ceremony when the groom stomps on a glass to crush it and the guests shout, “Mazel Tov”
There are various interpretations: (these are just a few of the most popular explanations)
Temple: Breaking of the Jewish wedding glass is a reminder of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem.
Fragile: The glass symbolizes the love and relationship of the couple is fragile, so it must be cared for and not broken
Irrevocable: The breaking of the glass symbolizes the irrevocability of broken glass. The glass shatters into many pieces the action cannot be taken back. Just as the vows you have spoken to each other today can not be taken back. It’s irrevocable and permanent.
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