The number seven also symbolizes the wholeness and completeness that they cannot attain separately.The kallah then settles at the chatan's right-hand side.Under the chuppah, the Ashkenazi custom is that the kallah circles the chatan seven times.
The chatan now takes the wedding ring in his hand, and in clear view of two witnesses, declares to the kallah, "Behold, you are betrothed unto me with this ring, according to the law of Moses and Israel." He then places the ring on the forefinger of the bride's right hand.
According to Jewish law, this is the central moment of the wedding ceremony, and at this point the couple is fully married.
If the kallah also wants to give a ring to the chatan, this is only done afterwards, not under the chuppah.
This is to prevent confusion as to what constitutes the actual marriage, as prescribed by the Torah.
The first cup accompanies the betrothal blessings, recited by the rabbi.
After these are recited, the couple drinks from the cup.The veil symbolizes the idea of modesty and conveys the lesson that however attractive physical appearances may be, the soul and character are paramount.It is reminiscent of Rebecca covering her face before marrying Isaac (Genesis ch. The Ashkenazi custom is that the chatan, accompanied by family and friends, proceeds to where the kallah is seated and places the veil over her face.A traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals, symbolizing the beauty of the relationship of husband and wife, as well as their obligations to each other and to the Jewish people.The following guide explains the beauty and joy of these the Jewish wedding traditions.This signals the groom's commitment to clothe and protect his wife.