Post # 1
I need some help! My Fi and I are putting togther a sort of interfaith ceremony. We have come up with 7 ‘alternative’ blessings that arent ‘too godly’ because this felt better for us than using the traditional 7. Anyway, I’m trying to find a little explanation about the 7 blessings tradition and why they are said (as the majority of people there ownt be jewish), but my searches are coming up with just the blessings themselves.
Can anyone help point me in the right direction? Did/Do you have your own explanation you are using>?
Post # 3
You can mention the importance of the number seven as reflecting seven days of creation, as you are creating your lives together.
Post # 4
“Many reasons are given for the number seven and its connection to marriage. In his book Made in Heaven, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan suggests a most unique idea: that the number seven alludes to the numerical value of the Hebrew word echad, which means “one.” This, of course, is the moment at which the bride and groom become one entity, a reflection also, perhaps, of the great and ultimate unity of the divine.”
I think this is a great explanation to include 🙂
The rest of the article in the link expands on the significance of the number seven in Jewish culture and religion
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I covered this in one of my ceremony posts, and this is what we wrote in our program about the seven blessings:
We conclude the ceremony with nissuin, the reciting of the sheva brachot, literally “seven blessings.” These blessings begin by praising God for the sources of joy we find in the world and lead into a more specific request that God grant joy to this couple. The final blessing poetically lists numerous manifestations of joy, such as dance, song, unity, love and peace, all of which the Bride and Groom are certainly feeling at that moment.
You can read the whole post here if you’re interested: http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/02/23/jewish-wedding-ceremony/
Post # 6
Thanks everyone! I these explanations are great! my only problem is that we arent using the traditional seven… so I thinkthat explaining teh significance of 7 would probably be more fitting! thansk for all your help!