A Guide to the Ceremony
The couple walk through the participants and stand under the chuppah. The person leading the ceremony raises a cup of wine and says:
BARUCH ATA ADONAI ELOHEINU MELECH HA-OLAM, BOREI PRI HA-GAFEN.
SOVEREIGN OF THE
He and the couple all drink from the cup, leaving half of it in the cup.
The person leading the ceremony continues with the following:
MI SHE-NATAN LEV B'ADAM,
MI SHE-BARA AHAVAH,
ONE WHO GAVE PEOPLE HEARTS, THE
ONE WHO CREATED LOVE,
The couple turn to each other, and one at a time, say:
V'EIRASTICH LI L'OLAM. V'EIRASTICH LI B'TZEDEK U-V'MISHPAT U-V'CHESED U-V'RACHAMIM. V'EIRASTICH LI B'EMUNAH, V'YADA'AT ET HASHEM.
HAREI ANI MEKUSHERET LACH, B'KISHREI AHAVAH, B'CHAVOD U-V'EMUNAH.
WILL BETROTHE YOU TO ME FOREVER.
BEHOLD I AM BOUND TO YOU, WITH TIES OF LOVE, IN HONOR AND IN FAITH.
As each woman finishes, she puts the ring on her partner's finger.
The person leading the ceremony calls friends and family up to the chuppah to read first the Brit Ahavah (Covenant of Love), which testifies to the couple's mutual love and commitment, and then the Communal Blessings, welcoming them, as a couple, into the community.