20 Jun 2006

[pl. Chuppot]; bridal canopy. In the Jewish wedding, the “kallah,” or bride, and the “chasan,” or groom, stand together under the “chuppah” in the presence of ten witnesses, when they become betrothed (dedicated) to each other in the “Kiddushin” ceremony. Afterwards, they go by themselves into a room for a short time with two witnesses at the door, to guard their privacy. At that point, they are considered husband and wife. After celebrating with relatives and friends, they may, in privacy, consummate their marriage.