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The wedding-canopy under which bride and groom stand during the marriage. The huppah represents symbolically the groom's dwelling into which the bride is escorted but from ancient times it was the custom for the marriage ceremony to be conducted under an actual canopy and this is the universal practice to the present day. There are no rules about the materials from which the huppah is made. The usual form is of a canopy stretched over four posts. In many communities it is the custom to have four post-holders, one at each corner of the huppah. Eventually the name ‘huppah’ became synonymous with the marriage ceremony itself. At a circumcision, for instance, the parents of the infant are given the blessing that they should have the joy of escorting the child under the huppah when he grows up.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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