The bridal canopy where jewish weddings are celebrated it is called chuppah and symbolizes where Jews live, enjoy and celebrate love.
Under the chuppah, the couple live unique moments, unrepeatable, where love is manifested with all its strength and beauty.
Also, under the chuppah is where two people come together with a compromise to share their life, in a magical, unique, happy and unforgettable moment that is a wedding.
The emotion of the moment is seen in the intensity of the couple’s complicity. It reflects all the love of the world in the brightness and the light of their gaze. With the “I DO” they connect their souls.
The bridal canopy
The chuppah, also written as Jupa or huppah, is a bridal canopy, essential in the Jewish wedding ceremony, open in all four sides.
A traditional Jewish wedding ceremony takes place under a chuppah.
The chuppa consists of a square manufactured of silk, wool, velvet or cotton, supported by four poles.
The poles are placed on the ground or the friends of the couple can also hold them.
Many times the couple decides to decorate the poles with flowers, personalizing them to their liking.
The new home
The chuppah symbolizes the new home of the couple. The ancient rabbis compared the chuppah with Abraham‘s tent.
Abraham was famous, not only for his goodness, his spirituality and his wisdom; as well as for your hospitality. His tent had entrances on all four sides so that travelers coming from any direction had a door to enter.
According to the Midrash, the tent of Abraham was open for all people, for those who were on the way and for those who returned to their homes. People came to his house every day to eat and drink.
Abraham received all them. He gave food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty. He gave clothes to the people in need. Once the traveler regained his energies and became stronger, Abraham asked him to say a blessing before leaving. The stranger asked him: What should I say? And Abraham answered him: Praise the Lord, Eternal God.
Open on four sides
The sages, also, find this reference of the chuppah in the Talmudic passage in Avot, referring to the house that is open on four sides.
The chuppah symbolizes the new home of the couple, which must be built with joy and emotion; and it must be a place of love, understanding, respect, kindness and solidarity. The chuppah, also, symbolizes the Divine Protection.
A fragile structure as a chuppah, its strength lies in the blessing of God as a refuge and support for the couple.
The chuppah can be placed indoors, inside synagogues or in a hall.
The chuppah can also be placed in outdoor locations, under the sky, in the middle of the woods or in front of the sea.
In conclusion, throughout the millennia, millions of chuppot (plural of chuppah) have witnessed emotional moments, happy and unforgettable; that were recorded in the memory of the couple, their family and their friends for all eternity.