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What are Sheva Brachot?

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Sheva Brachot

Sheva Brachot

Lisa Katz

Question: What are Sheva Brachot?

Answer:
Sheva Brachot ("Seven Blessings") are special Jewish wedding blessings.

Sheva Brachot are recited for the bride and the groom under the Chuppah during the Jewish Wedding ceremony.

There is a tradition to throw dinner parties for the new couple each night during the week following the wedding. At the end of each of these meals, after Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals), Sheva Brachot are also recited. In fact, these meals themselves are popularly referred to as Sheva Brachot after the special wedding blessings recited at their end.

The source of this custom of a week of festive dinners is the week that followed Jacob and Leah's wedding (Gen 29:27). This community-wide celebration with the new couple contrasts greatly with the modern Western custom of the honeymoon.

Sheva Brachot are recited over a cup of wine, and usually the seven blessings are divided among honored guests. The cup of wine is passed around the table to the person reciting each blessing.

The Seven Blessings - Transliterated and Translated:

  1. Baruch Ata HaShem Elokainu Melech HaOlam, SheHakol Barah Lichvodo
    Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who has created everything for His glory.
  2. Baruch Ata HaShem Elokainu Melech HaOlam, Yotzer Ha'Adam
    Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who fashioned the Man.
  3. Baruch Ata HaShem Elokainu Melech HaOlam, Asher Yatzar Et Ha'Adam Betzalmo, b'Tzelem Dmut Tavnito, VeHitkon Lo Mimenu Binyan Adei Ad. Baruch Ata HaShem Yotzer Ha'Adam
    Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who fashioned the Man in His image, in the image of his likeness and prepared for him from himself a building for eternity. Blessed are You Adonoy, Who fashioned the Man.
  4. Sos Tasis VeTagel HaAkarah, BeKibbutz Bane'ha Letocha BeSimchaa. Baruch Ata HaShem, Mesame'ach Tzion BeVaneha
    Bring intense joy and exultation to the barren one through the ingathering of her children amidst her in gladness. Blessed are You, Adonoy, Who gladdens Zion through her children.
  5. Sameach TeSamach Re'im Ahuvim, KeSamechacha Yetzircha BeGan Eden MiKedem. Baruch Ata HaShem, MeSame'ach Chatan VeKalah
    Gladden the beloved companions as You gladdened Your creature in the garden of Eden from aforetime. Blessed are You, Adonoy, Who gladdens groom and bride.
  6. Baruch Ata HaShem Elokainu Melech HaOlam, Asher Barah Sasson VeSimcha, Chatan VeKalah, Gila Rina, Ditza VeChedva, Ahava VeAchava, VeShalom VeRe'ut. MeHera HaShem Elokeinu Yishama BeArei Yehudah U'Vchutzot Yerushalayim, Kol Sasson V'eKol Simcha, Kol Chatan V'eKol Kalah, Kol Mitzhalot Chatanim MeChupatam, U'Nearim Mimishte Neginatam. Baruch Ata HaShem MeSame'ach Chatan Im Hakalah.
    Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who created joy and gladness, groom and bride, mirth, glad song, pleasure, delight, love, brotherhood, peace, and companionship. Adonoy, our God, let there soon be heard in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the grooms' jubilance from their canopies and of the youths from their song-filled feasts. Blessed are You Who gladdens the groom with the bride.
  7. Baruch Ata HaShem Elokainu Melech HaOlam, Boreh Pri HaGafen.
    You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, creator of the fruit of the vine.

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