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Information on Jewish Weddings and reciting the Sheva Brachot (seven blessings)
Sheva Brachot or Sheva Brachos (Hebrew: שבע ברכות) means “seven blessings” and are also known as birkot Nesuim (Hebrew: ברכות נישואים). These seven blessings are recited for the chassan (groom) and kallah (bride) as part of the completion of their nissuin (completion of marriage) on their wedding day. This recitation takes place under the Chuppah (wedding canopy). The seven blessings can be found on our Brachot page written in both Hebrew and English.
Traditional Jewish weddings are completed in two stages – erusin (betrothal) and establishing the full marriage (nissuin); historically there was often at least a month between the two events, but in modern marriages, the two are combined as a single wedding ceremony.
Seven Days of Simcha for the Bride and Groom
For seven days after erusin, sheva brachot are hosted for the chassan and kallah, to help enhance the simcha (joy) of their wedding. The same seven blessings that were recited under the Chuppah are recited during these festive meals. There are special laws that govern the couple during these seven days.