Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Here are "Doc", Cindy, & Kathy F. inspecting the chuppah prior to the wedding ceremony. (No one had to inspect it & it could have been as simple as a piece of muslin or as elaborate as a big fancy flower arrangement. A commonly used item is a family table cloth - so I have been told. But most couples use the one that is provided by the synogogue or Rabbi - velvet with fringe....)
The bride & groom along with their families, attendants, & the Rabbi stand under the canopy during the wedding. Why? Different reasons, one being: the chuppah is a symbol of the home to be built and shared by the couple. Like the tent of Abraham and Sarah, the four sides are open to indicate all are welcome into our home and our lives. As a temporary structure, the chuppah reminds us of the fragility of life.