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Aufruf

It is customary to call a couple to the bimah for an aliyah (when they recite the blessings before and after another person reads from the Torah scroll) on the Shabbat prior to their wedding. Immediately after, the rabbi or cantor recites the following on their behalf:

“May God who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, bless the groom [Hebrew name] and the bride [Hebrew name], soon to be joined under the Huppah, who have been called to the Torah with reverence for God and the Torah, (and Shabbat or the festival). May the Holy One help them to build a Jewish home filled with love and harmony, peace and companionship. May God bring them fulfillment in all their worthy endeavors. And let us say, Amen.”

Candy is thrown, suggesting wishes for a sweet life together, and song and dance complete the aufruf. Although the more widespread tradition is to hold the aufruf before the wedding, some Sephardic groups call the couple for an aliyah after the wedding.

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