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Like others, I couldn't think of a single halachic reason to forbid weddings. I know I've seen dozens of Bar Mitzvahs over the years there, but never a wedding. (On Monday and Thursday around mid morning it seems like there's a bar mitzvah every 20 minutes). I did some digging and eventually found the rabinate's rules for the kotel, and it is true that they ...


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The Rama (Even HaEzer 55:1) quotes the Ran that the Chuppa is the bride going into the domain of the husband. So it makes sense for the husband to be there first, so the Chuppah could rightfully be called "his house" The Nitei Gavriel Nisuin 1 (17:5:11) also quotes the Likkutei Maharich that it's to make it clear that the Kallah realizes who she's marrying....


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The source for Kiddushin is the Talmud Kiddush 65b. This is not a universal opinion, (even in Halacha, see SA EH 42:2) as some allow for one witness if both agree - at least to not ignore the Kiddushin. The distinction between money (since the source for requiring two witnesses is money) is described in the Talmud - because it obligates third parties. That ...


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A reason I have heard is that similar to the Chupa of Adam and Chava like is explained in more detail by Rabbi Bernie Fox with the Orthodox Union. In context, the Torah says that Chava was brought to Adam. Breishis 2:22 And the Lord God built the side that He had taken from man into a woman, and He brought her to man.


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Rav Chaim Volozhiner quoted in Keser Rosh (16) quotes his Rebbe The Vilna Gaon that nowadays the prohibition of Yuharah does not apply nowadays. And that on the contrary, others should see you and learn from you. He only adds that this should be done lishma - for the sake of heaven with pure intentions. But that one should not be worried about others ...


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Nitei Gavriel Nisuin1 - 16:2 says it is best that the poles should be anchored into the ground, however in note 3 at the bottom he brings from Igros Moshe OC4 70:7 that it is not necessary to delay a Chupa if it is not anchored and people may hold the poles. On the next page he mentions that the Minchas Yitzchak 5:30 says that leaves and flowers should not ...


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There is an idea from the Ramban (Vayikra 23:43) which links the words of sukkah and chuppah. I believe the idea is that a sukkah and chuppah both show a closeness and protective environment. With regards to sukkah we had such a protection from Hashem. By chuppah it is the man who is bringing his wife into his chuppah as a resemblance of closeness and ...


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It's in Gemara at the beginning of Sukkah: מנה"מ אמר רבה דאמר קרא (ויקרא כג, מג) למען ידעו דורותיכם כי בסוכות הושבתי את בני ישראל עד עשרים אמה אדם יודע שהוא דר בסוכה למעלה מעשרים אמה אין אדם יודע שדר בסוכה משום דלא שלטא בה עינא רבי זירא אמר מהכא (ישעיהו ד, ו) וסוכה תהיה לצל יומם מחורב עד עשרים אמה אדם יושב בצל סוכה למעלה מעשרים אמה אין אדם יושב בצל סוכה ...


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Rema EH 55.1 הגה: ויש אומרים דחופה אינו יחוד, אלא כל שהביאה החתן לביתו לשם נשואין (כן כתב הר"ן בשם יש אומרים ריש כתובות). ויש אומרים שהחופה היא שפורסין סודר על ראשה בשעת הברכה (הבית יוסף הביאו). ויש אומרים דחופת בתולה משיצאה בהינומא; ואלמנה, משנתיחדו (תוספות פרק קמא דיומא). והמנהג פשוט עכשיו לקרות חופה מקום שמכניסים שם יריעה פרוסה על גבי כלונסות, ומכניסים ...


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If we want to know halacha regarding Chuppa, we need to learn what is the halachic meaning of Chuppa See Tur Even Haezer siman 61: What is Chuppa? The fact that he will be alone with him, even if they don't enter in marital relationship, since they were isolated in name of marriage, she is his wife for every rules. According to this definition of ...


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Besides having seen non-white, I have also seen one in which the names of the chasan and kallah (for all the children and grandchildren) were embroidered onto panels of a family chupah as each one got married. ?I was told that this was a German minhag (or at least for this family).


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