06.25.2012

According to Jewish tradition, “Sheva Brachot” are the Seven Blessings that the Bride and Groom are given at their wedding (a blessing over the wine for sweetness and enjoying life, a blessing that all the people of Israel should rejoice with the Bride and Groom, etc.) After they are married, for seven nights they are reminded of this beautiful ritual event by attending family and friend’s homes for dinner where the “Sheva Brachot” or Seven Blessings are recited.

 Recently, we had the opportunity to attend a beautifully hosted dinner at our sister Rebecca’s friend’s home. As this was our first experience with “Sheva Brachot”, we were not sure what to expect. Since many of our readers have probably never experienced this as well, we thought we would share this with all of you.

For observant Jews, every full meal begins with hand washing. Our hosts set up a hand washing station outside where we were eating. Before saying the blessing over the bread or “hamotzi” you must wash your hands while saying the hand washing prayer. Once the prayer is said, you do not talk until you recite the second blessing over the bread which is quickly followed by eating a piece of the bread or “challah”. In this case, the bread was conveniently placed next to the hand washing station so guests could do all of these things at once.

 Adorable bridal themed paper plates were used along with matching napkins. The napkins were wrapped around plastic silverware and tied with a simple silver flower. We love their attention to detail.

Our meal began with delicious homemade garlic knots and a jicama salad with red onion, avocado, and grapefruit.

 

The Bride and Groom share a love for sushi which is why Rebecca’s friends decided to have California rolls (with imitation crab of course) and tuna rolls as an appetizer.

Dinner was set up buffet style. We had the most incredible baked salmon, an option between penne or spaghetti noodles with a variety of sauces ranging from traditional marinara to pesto to garlic cream, and this salad bar was complete with all the fixings.

After joining together to say the prayer for finishing a meal or the “birkat hamazon” and allowing seven guests to bless the Bride and Groom by reciting one of the Seven Blessings, we enjoyed a delicious dessert. This included Scottish shortbread cookies (in honor of the groom who is originally from Scotland), brownies in mini baking tins, and apple cranberry turnovers. An adorable Bride and Groom figurine was put out as the centerpiece at the dessert bar.

As “Sheva Brachot” only lasts one week after a wedding, Rebecca and her new husband are done attending these events. However, their time for being blessed as a couple is just beginning. We wish  them a lifetime of blessings. Mazel Tov!


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