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Why are candles used when escorting a bride and groom to the Chupah?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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In addition to the festive ambiance produced by candles, there are mystical symbolisms to this custom as well.

A man has 248 limbs, a woman 252. When they merge together and become one entity they have a total of 500. They are thus escorted towards this unifying moment with a pair of candles. In gematriah the Hebrew word for candle, Ner, has the numeric value 250. A pair of candles = 500

Also, the Hebrew words Pru U'Rvu (be fruitful and multiply) have the numeric value 500.1

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  • 1. Source: Nitei Gavriel laws of Marriage 17:4 note 9

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