All About a Jewish Wedding Chuppah (Huppah)
The Jewish wedding chuppah (Jewish
wedding canopy), is the most visible symbol at a traditional Jewish
wedding ceremony. The word Chuppah (also spelled Huppah) means,
“that which covers or floats above.” It is said that the space
beneath the Jewish wedding chuppah is spiritually charged because
the Divine presence floats above it.
The Jewish wedding chuppah is supported by four poles in stanchions,
but could be held by four men during the ceremony, as frequently
done in Sephardic tradition. This recent revival of this old Jewish
wedding tradition is a wonderful reminder of the mitzvoth and the
affirmation that the couple will commit to sharing a Jewish life
together as well.
Obviously, if a couple chooses to use a tallis for the Jewish
wedding chuppah, it needs to be a full-sized tallis. Often, couples
will use a grandparent’s tallis, a wonderful familial tradition that
ties generations together. If not using a tallis, the Jewish wedding
chuppah (huppah) should be a temporary, handmade structure.
While the Jewish Wedding Chuppah has a legal function, there are no
specific halakhic (Orthodox Jewish legal) requirements as to its
shape, material type, or dimensions. All of the appearance of a
Jewish wedding chuppah is entirely a matter of taste.
You should check with your synagogue to see if they have their own
Jewish wedding chuppah (huppah), which many congregations make
available to marrying couples. Some of these are quite beautiful,
others are downright plain or rather unpleasing to the eye.
The Jewish Wedding Chuppah as Family Heirloom
Often times, people who have made their own Jewish wedding chuppah
display it as a piece of art in their home or in their bedroom.
Other times, a Jewish wedding chuppah can be quilted and used as a
bedcovering. More often than not, a chuppah that is dear to a
couple’s heart hold on to it, hoping to see their children married
If you would like a beautiful, homemade, fully customizable Jewish
wedding Chuppah (huppah) to display in your new home or possibly one
day pass on to your children, be sure to take a look at Shira’s
beautiful chuppot. Source:
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