In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

Psalm 19:4b-6

Dear Friends,

I learned what a chuppa is.

It is a canopy used at a Jewish wedding.

I checked the great authoritative resource called Wikipedia. As I understand it the chuppa is used in the second part of the wedding process. The first part is called the betrothal or engagement. During this time the bride and groom are promised to each other.

The second part is called the nisuin or nuptials. This is where the chuppa is used. The bride stands under the chuppa and invites the groom into the chuppa. The wedding takes place at this time.

The chuppa consists of four posts holding up the canopy. The chuppa symbolizes several aspects of the marriage.

One aspect is the symbolism of the home.

Another aspect is the open sides. This symbolizes the home as a place of hospitality.

Finally, the covering of the canopy symbolizes the covering of God’s presence.

What a beautiful symbol the chuppa provides.

This can serve as a reminder of the covering of God’s love in our own lives. I know in Christian tradition, the child often wears a white gown at baptism. This is a reminder that through baptism we have been covered with the righteousness and love of Christ.

My you know the covering of God’s love for you in Christ Jesus.


Ricky Adams