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I was told by a Yekkish (German-Jewish) rabbi that backs-to-the-crowd is the German custom because the Talmud says you don't just walk into the city street and proclaim marriage to someone. (רב מנגיד דמקדש בשוקא). In that spirit, turning their backs to the crowd gives the couple some measure of privacy and makes it not "in the city street."


Nitei Gavriel Nisuin1 - 17:13:24 says in the name of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 147:5, Aruch Hashulchan 62:9 and others that the Chasan and Kallah should face East (Mizrach). Perhaps the Chupa was set in such a way that facing East caused them to stand with their backs to the crowd. I was at a Chasuna where Rabbi Azriel Chaim Goldfein Zatzal officiated. He had ...


The Maharsham (vol. 3 ch. 206) writes: ובדין הכלה תוך ז״י המשחה ומלאכתה לחפור בגדים אם מותר לה לתפור בביתה הדבר פשוט לענ״ד שאם בעלה מסכים לזה אין חשש כלל דמצות התורה הוא על החתן שישמח אשתו וגם בזה יש דיעות דמהני מחילתה And regarding the case of a bride within the seven days of festivity, whose job is sewing clothing, addressing the issue of whether it ...

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