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What is the origin of the Badeken tradition?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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The custom of covering the bride's face with a veil originated with our Matriarch Rebecca, who covered her face with a handkerchief when meeting her groom, Isaac. 1

According to certain opinions, "chupah" is accomplished through the groom "spreading his cloth" over the bride
As explained elsewhere,2 there are several possible definitions for the term "Chupah." According to certain opinions, "chupah" is accomplished through the groom "spreading his cloth" over the bride—which is accomplished by the Badeken ceremony.

See also Wedding Customs Unveiled

Footnotes

  • 1. Genesis 24:65.
  • 2. See http://www.askmoses.com/article/166,2032374/What-is-the-halachic-purpose-of-the-chupah.html and footnote 1 there.

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Isaac
Second of the three Jewish Patriarchs, son of Abraham and Sarah. Lived in Canaan (Israel); b. 1712 BCE, d. 1532 BCE.
Rebecca
Second of the Jewish Matriarchs. Wife of the Patriarch Isaac, and father of Jacob. b. 1675 BCE, d. 1553 BCE.
Chupah
Wedding canopy. Under this canopy, the groom betroths the bride with the customary ring, and the traditional marriage benedictions are recited.