The chatan now takes the wedding ring in his hand, and in clear view of two witnesses, declares to the kallah, "Behold, you are betrothed unto me with this ring, according to the law of Moses and Israel." He then places the ring on the forefinger of the bride's right hand.
According to Jewish law, this is the central moment of the wedding ceremony, and at this point the couple is fully married.
The kallah will be seated on a "throne" to receive her guests, while the chatan is surrounded by guests who sing and toast him.
At this time there is an Ashkenazi tradition for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom to stand together and break a plate.
The kallah then settles at the chatan's right-hand side.[At this point, the Sefardic custom is that the chatan says the blessing She'hecheyanu over a new tallit, and has in mind that the blessing also goes on the marriage.The tallit is then held by four young men over the head of the chatan and kallah.] Two cups of wine are used in the wedding ceremony.A traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals, symbolizing the beauty of the relationship of husband and wife, as well as their obligations to each other and to the Jewish people.The following guide explains the beauty and joy of these the Jewish wedding traditions.The veil symbolizes the idea of modesty and conveys the lesson that however attractive physical appearances may be, the soul and character are paramount.It is reminiscent of Rebecca covering her face before marrying Isaac (Genesis ch. The Ashkenazi custom is that the chatan, accompanied by family and friends, proceeds to where the kallah is seated and places the veil over her face.Under the chuppah, the Ashkenazi custom is that the kallah circles the chatan seven times.Just as the world was built in seven days, the kallah is figuratively building the walls of the couple's new world together.This signals the groom's commitment to clothe and protect his wife.The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah (canopy), a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together.