Sheva Brachot

Sheva Brachot


Last week we hosted Sheva Brachot in our home for my husband’s nephew and his new bride. It was a wonderful and joyous occasion.

I very much want to share all my recipes from the event, but, I think that I need to spend a few minutes explaining what Sheva Brachot are.

Trying to explain this has become a bit of a challenge. I humbly submit that my area of expertise is in preparing kosher food, not on the finer points of Judaism. So, I am going to use my own words to explain Sheva Brachot and then include references at the end of this post for anyone who might be interested in learning more about the Jewish wedding ceremony and its traditions.

So, here is some background:

Eating is considered a holy act. Whenever we eat, we always say a blessing before and after.

Bread is particularly holy, and before eating bread, we wash our hands, say a special blessing and then say a blessing over the bread.

After eating a meal that includes bread, Grace After Meals (Birkat Hamazon) is recited.

After reciting the Grace After Meals, in the presence of 3 people, a cup of wine is used and an additional blessing is also said. This cup of wine is called a “Cup of Blessing” or “Kos Shel Bracha.”

A minyan is a prayer quorum of ten men over the age of 13 required for traditional Jewish public worship.

The week following a wedding is known as the week of the Sheva Brachot.

During this period, the seven blessings that were recited under the marriage canopy (chupah) are repeated after each meal attended by the newly married couple that is attended by a minyan (a prayer quorum of 10 men). The minyan also must consist of a person who was not at the wedding or present at the couple’s earlier meals.


Following the completion of the meal, a cup of wine is used to lead the Grace After Meals. The seven blessings that were recited under the marriage canopy are repeated.

People are honored with reciting each of the first six blessings.

Then, the person who led Grace After Meals recites the seventh blessing over the first cup of wine and a second cup of wine is filled.


The 2 cups of wine are then poured together into a third cup.


 One cup of wine is given to the bride, and another to the groom. The third cup is then shared by the community.

I have seen it done where the cups of wine are 2 different colors which are then mixed together to become unified.

The symbolism of this ritual is very beautiful. It symbolizes the bride and groom joining together and entering the larger community with a new identity as a married couple .

I will post some of the recipes following this post.

Thank you for reading!

References:
A-Guide-to-the-Jewish-Wedding

Celebrating a Jewish Wedding II

Grace After Meals Chabad

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29 thoughts on “Sheva Brachot

  1. clairneriah February 22, 2016 at 8:40 PM Reply

    Beautiful ceremony! The salad bowl looks yummy..

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  2. Lynz Real Cooking February 22, 2016 at 8:42 PM Reply

    Carol this is so very special! Thanks for sharing this with us. I love the pictures and the traditions. You explained very nicely so it was easy to grasp! Thanks xxx

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 22, 2016 at 8:49 PM Reply

      You were my inspiration. I figured I needed to explain it so once I post the recipes, it wouldn’t be distracting. Raizel told everyone about your video. She is very excited about it. You made her feel really special!💝

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      • Lynz Real Cooking February 22, 2016 at 8:51 PM

        I am so happy, she is so special and so are you! I love hearing about these cool traditions! I would love to see more. I like your pictures, you let us see the table and the men part of them, which I felt was really stylish! I loved it all!

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 22, 2016 at 8:55 PM

        Thanks! I am going to post on my centerpieces next. It’s was a real creative outlet.🎨

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      • Lynz Real Cooking February 22, 2016 at 8:57 PM

        I can’t wait! So interesting for all of us!

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  3. sportsattitudes February 22, 2016 at 9:04 PM Reply

    Learned a lot from reading this post as I was new to the ceremony and its traditions. Sounds like it was a fun time. Looking forward to the recipes.

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  4. anotherfoodieblogger February 22, 2016 at 9:07 PM Reply

    I know practically nothing about Jewish ceremonies, since I was raised Catholic. Thank you for the enlightenment! It looks like a beautiful ceremony. 🙂

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  5. CHCooks February 22, 2016 at 9:21 PM Reply

    Beautiful tradition, thanks for sharing this Carol 🙂

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  6. White House Red Door February 22, 2016 at 9:56 PM Reply

    Thank you for sharing this tradition and the symbolism behind the rituals! Best wishes to the happy couple! Now I’m looking forward to seeing what you served… 😊

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  7. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso February 22, 2016 at 10:11 PM Reply

    Beautifully explained. מזל טוב! 🙂

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  8. Parul Singhal February 23, 2016 at 1:45 AM Reply

    Beautiful tradition .First time heard about this.Thanks for sharing..Carol

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 23, 2016 at 5:05 AM Reply

      My pleasure. Thanks for reading! I feel like it is a tradition that involves food, and might be distracting without some kind of explanation.👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨🎉

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  9. lynne hoareau February 23, 2016 at 7:42 AM Reply

    This is such a beautiful and interesting post Carol. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  10. spearfruit February 24, 2016 at 6:53 PM Reply

    Very interesting – I learned something new today! Thank you.

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  11. Lynz Real Cooking February 26, 2016 at 11:13 AM Reply

    Reblogged this on lynz real cooking.

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  12. Sand Salt Moon February 26, 2016 at 12:29 PM Reply

    Very interesting and I will follow your blog – thanks to Lynn for sharing!

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  13. PetersFoodAdventures February 27, 2016 at 10:27 AM Reply

    Thanks for sharing! What great traditions!

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