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I consider myself very fortunate to have been included in various Jewish traditions and practices throughout my life.  For instance, I have attended more Jewish weddings than I have any other type.  The Jewish wedding is rich with symbolism that would be applicable in a wedding of any faith.  Both the bride and the groom are escorted down the aisle by both parents and end standing under the chupah.  This tent-like structure always has four posts and symbolizes the new home the couple will make together and its open fashion illustrates that guests will always be welcome.  After exchanging rings, the Sheva Brachot is recited.  These are seven blessings that family and close friends wish upon the couple.  Once the marriage contract, the ketubah, has been signed, the groom smashes a piece of glass symbolizing how fragile the heart is.  Finally, the reception concludes with the dancing of the Hora in which the bride and groom are lifted up in chairs and the guest dance in circles around them.  Mazel Tov!

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