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Please guide me through the sheva brachot blessings procedure?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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• When the sheva Brachot meal is concluded, it is time for the highlight of the event—the sheva brachot blessings. Before the Grace After Meals, two full cups of wine are prepared; one for the one who leads the Grace and the other for the sheva brachot blessings. The one who leads the Grace adds some words to the customary call to order: “Let us bless our G-d in whose abode there is joy, of whose bounty we have eaten.” All those in attendance respond in kind.

The one who leads the Grace adds some words to the customary call to order: “Let us bless our G-d in whose abode there is joy, of whose bounty we have eaten.”
• After the Grace is completed, six of the guests are invited to recite the first six blessings of the sheva brachot. The last blessing is considered the most prestigious one, and is normally reserved for a special guest. Each of the honorees holds the sheva brachot cup and recites the blessing while sitting.

• After the six blessings are recited, the one who led the Grace after Meals recites aloud the hagafen (wine) blessing and sips from his cup (the ones reciting the first blessings do not drink from their cup of wine). The wine in the two cups are blended (a bit of wine from each cup is poured into the other), and the groom sips from one cup and the bride from the other.


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Grace After Meals
Biblically mandated prayer, consisting of four blessings, recited after eating more than an ounce of bread.
Brachot
(Plural form of "bracha.") Blessings. A Jew is required to recite a bracha before gaining any sort of benefit or pleasure such as eating or drinking (and usually afterwards as well); or before fulfilling a Mitzvah (commandment).
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.
sheva brachot
1. The seven benedictions recited in honor of a bride and groom beneath the wedding canopy and at subsequent celebrations. 2. The celebratory week following a wedding (during which time the aforementioned blessings are recited.)