I understand that there are ways of deriving a scriptural basis for the tradition of circling one's groom three times or seven times, etc - but what is the earliest (written) source for this being a custom?

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    Is this not an exact duplicate of the question you link to merely because you're seeking a source for circling three or seven times whereas the other question seeks a source for circling seven times only?
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 7:26
  • The question I linked to asked for the source only; I wanted the earliest written reference to it. Had the answer that I'd been given already been put there as well, I wouldn't have asked it. Now that @sam has answered it in both places, should I take my question down?
    – Shimon bM
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 7:47
  • Since Sam has added the same answer in both places and, here, doesn't actually show that it's the earliest source (what this this question asks) but you accepted it anyway, I'm inclined to mark as a duplicate. Other thoughts? Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 13:09
  • @MonicaCellio, sounds good, except for the three vs. seven thing, which I don't know what to do with.
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 16:10
  • @msh210, close this and if Shimon wants to ask separately about sources for three he can? Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 16:12

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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 147:5 says 7 times.


  • I doubt that's the earliest source, but that will help me find it. Thanks!
    – Shimon bM
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 4:47
  • Nope - it actually might be the oldest textual reference!
    – Shimon bM
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 5:25

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