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What ritual wedding differences are there between first and subsequent marriages?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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The following differences – some of which are law, others custom – only apply when both spouses had been previously married:

• On the Shabbat before the wedding the groom receives an Aliyah, but no candy is thrown at him. • The badeken ceremony is omitted. A veil is placed over the bride’s face before the Chupah, but not by the groom. • The chupah is held indoors.

• The sheva Brachot blessings are only recited beneath the chupah and after the wedding meal. However, the bride and groom are required to rejoice and celebrate their marriage for the next three days.


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Life Cycle » Marriage » The Wedding

(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
(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).
Literally means to rise up. Has two popular meanings: 1. Being called up to the Torah scroll and recite the blessings when the Torah is being read. 2. To emigrate to the Holy Land.
Wedding canopy. Under this canopy, the groom betroths the bride with the customary ring, and the traditional marriage benedictions are recited.