Welcome to family and friends:
We are gathered here today in the presence of God to give thanks for the gift of marriage, and to
witness the joining together of Groom and Bride, In the Jewish and Christian traditions. Marriage is a
sign of our Creator's intention for wholeness in all creation. Out of the chaos, God brought order. That
creative purpose is still at work. The joining together of two persons into one unique, intimate, and
creative unity in marriage is therefore not only a symbol, but also a demonstration of the well-being,
the shalom, the purpose of human society. And so marriage is truly a celebration of God's good work
in creation.

The uniting in marriage of two individuals from two separate families and backgrounds to establish a
new family is an important and memorable event. For us, attached as we are to Groom and to Bride
by special bonds of love and affection, the uniting of these two people in heart and body and mind is
an occasion of great Significance which we can all celebrate.

Marriage is not a casual event, nor is it simply a private affair between two individuals. Marriage is to
be entered into responsibly and prayerfully. This marriage brings together this day two individuals,
two families, and two communities of faith. It is, then, in the midst of a troubled and broken society, a
sign of hope. It deserves and needs the support of a wider community. Today is a time for family and
friends to share in their commitment to each other by offering Groom and Bride our continued
support, love and best wishes in their lives together.

Let us pray:
0 Lord our God, source of all blessing, in happiness and joy we thank you for the gift of marriage,
which we celebrate today. May you give Groom and Bride the ability to rejoice always in their love.
May you fulfill every worthy wish of their hearts. May you open their eyes to the beauty and the
mystery of the love they hold for each other, every day as today. And may their | life together
embrace and nurture the promise of this moment, so that all who know them will call them truly
blessed. Amen.

Respecting Two Traditions:
Out of two different and distinct traditions they have come together to learn the best of what each has
to offer, appreciating their differences and confirming that being together is far better than being apart
from each other. As we bless this marriage under the huppah, the Jewish symbol of the new home
being consummated here, we will later light the unit candle, the Christian symbol of two people
becoming one in marriage.

Explanation of Huppah:
Readings are done by the four people holding the poles of the huppah.

Reader 1: Long after tents vanished from the Jewish landscape, wedding ceremonies were held out of
doors in the hope that the marriage would be blessed by as many children as "the stars of the
heavens." Some kind of covering was employed to create a more modest and sanctified space.
Reader 2: The bridal canopy, or huppah, is a multifaceted symbol. It symbolizes: modesty in the
presence of God, the safety of your home, the protection of a garment, the intimacy of your bed

Reader 3:It is open on all four sides—to respect Abraham, who had doors on all four sides of his home
so that visitors would always know they were welcome.

Reader 4: The huppah does not promise that love or hope or pledges will keep out weather or
catastrophe. But its few lines are a sketch for what might be. The flimsiness of the huppah is a
reminder that the only thing that is real about a home is the people in it who love and choose to be
together— to be a family. The only anchor that they will have will be holding onto each other's hands.
The huppah is the house of promises. It is the home of hope.

Wine Blessing:
The blessing over the wine, known as the kiddush, is a part of many Jewish celebrations and holidays.
The word kiddush means sanctification, so as we recite this blessing, we symbolically sanctify this
couple on their wedding day. Blessed are you, O God, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

A marriage brings together two individuals, with separate lives, to perform the lifelong pledge of
uniting as one. These candles before us symbolize the union of your marriage. The two outer candles
represent the two of you as individuals. The center candle, which you will kindle together, represents
the unity which will continue to develop as you are married. The external candles will remain lit, to
show that, even in you unity, you may also remain as individuals. (Groom and Bride light candle while
music is played).

Groom and Bride please state your intent to enter into this union by expressing your vows to one

Groom, repeat after me:
I promise, before family and friends/
to commit my love to you/
to respect your individuality/
to be with you through life's changes/
and to nurture and strengthen the love between us/
as long as we both shall live.

Bride, repeat after me:
I promise, before family and friends/
to commit my love to you/
to respect your individuality/
to be with you through life's changes/
and to nurture and strengthen the love between us/
as long as we both shall live.

Officiant to the congregation:
Will all of you witnessing these vows do everything in your power to uphold Groom and Bride in
their marriage? Will you? (We will.)

Officiant to Groom
-- Groom, have you a token of your love for Bride ?

Officiant to Bride -- Bride, have you a token of your love for Groom ?

Traditionally, the marking of the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange
of rings. These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning
and no end. Love freely given has no giver and no receiver - for each is the giver and each is the
receiver. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

Groom, place this ring on her finger and repeat after me:
Groom - This ring /a gift for you/symbolizes my wish/that you be my wife/from this day forward.

Bride, place this ring on his finger and repeat after me:
[Bride] - This ring/a gift for you/symbolizes my wish/that you be my husband/from this day forward.
Let these rings serve not as locks binding you together, but as keys, unlocking the secrets of your
hearts for each other to know, and thus
bringing you closer together forever.

Closing Prayer:
Eternal God, without your grace no promise is sure. Strengthen Groom and Bride with patience,
kindness, gentleness, and all the other gifts you so abundantly impart, that they may fulfill the vows
they have made this day. Keep them faithful to each other and to you. Fill them with such love and joy
that they may build a home of peace and welcome. And guide them by your word to serve you all
their days. Amen,

Explanation of Yichud:
I would like to take this opportunity to mention to you, the guests, that Groom and Bride will be
spending a few moments alone together, immediately following the ceremony. This is a custom called
Yichud, which means "union" in Hebrew. It gives the couple an opportunity to share, privately, the
power and importance of this moment in their lives. They will return shortly to greet you.

Groom and Bride, having witnessed your vows for marriage with all who are assembled here, and by
the authority vested in me by the State of Ohio, I announce with great joy that from this time on, you
are husband and wife.

Breaking of Glass:
Stepping on this glass signifies remembering the past and moving to the future. You no longer belong
to your parents' houses, but to your own.

As Groom and Bride break the glasses, I invite everyone to shout "Mazel Tov", which means
"Congratulations" and "Good Luck".

You may seal your vows with a kiss
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