The Seventh Blessing


Acrylic and resin on wood panel (original dimensions: 12”x12”)

When you’re at a Jewish wedding, while the couple is still under the chupah (wedding canopy), different members of the community are called up to give a blessing. Seven blessings in total. The phrase here is that seventh blessing:

“ברוך אתה ה׳ אלקינו מלך העולם, אשר ברא ששון ושמחה, חתן וכלה, גילה רנה, דיצה וחדוה, אהבה ואחוה,

ושלום ורעות. מהרה ה׳ אלקינו ישמע בערי יהודה ובחצות ירושלים, קול ששון וקול

שמחה, קול חתן וקול כלה, קול מצהלות חתנים מחפתם, ונערים ממשתה גינתם. ברוך אתה ה׳משמח חתן עם


“Blessed are you Hashem our God, King of the universe, who created joy and gladness, groom and bride, mirth, glad song, pleasure, delight, love, brotherhood, peace, and companionship. Hashem, our God, let their soon be heard in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride, the sounds of the grooms jubilance from their canopies and of youths from their song filled feasts. Blessed are you Hashem, who gladdens the groom with the bride.” (Shevah Brachos)

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