The Sheva Brachot (Seven Blessings) are a key part of a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. The seven blessings are adapted from ancient rabbinic teachings, beginning with the blessing over the wine and ending with a communal expression of joy.
In many ceremonies, the Sheva Brachot prayers are read or chanted in both Hebrew and English. There are also numerous modern English variations on the blessings.
Many couples also ask friends or relatives to read some or all seven blessings, or may ask all the guests in attendance to read the blessings from a wedding program. Some couples create their own blessings or ask honored guests to create their own.
The traditional Hebrew transliteration and English translation of the Seven Blessings/Sheva Brachot follow:
[A] and [B] I now bless you with these traditional prayers.
(Hebrew before English for each of the seven blessings)
Blessed are you, God, who created life.
Blessed are you, God, who created loving people.
Blessed are you, God, who unites loving couples.
Bless these two who stand before you as you blessed the first couple in the Garden of Eden.
Blessed are you, God, who grants the joy of marriage.
May we all see the day when the world will echo with the sounds of feasting and singing. Praised is love, blessed be this union.
This cup of wine is symbolic of the cup of life. As you share this cup of wine, you promise to share all that the future may bring. As you drink from this cup, so may you draw contentment, comfort and happiness from your own cup of life. May you find life’s joys heightened, its bitterness sweetened, and all things hallowed by true respect, companionship and love.
The First Blessing is “Kiddush“–sanctification of God’s name over the wine.
The Second and Third Blessings celebrate the theme of creation in a sequence that builds to the blessing of marriage.
The Fourth Blessing is a challenge to fulfill the potential for creativity, blessing, and peace.
The Fifth Blessing affirms that the couple’s marriage is made up of both passion and friendship.
The Sixth Blessing blesses the couple separately. Their relationship as beloved companions requires that each be able to stand alone even as they come together, bringing individual gifts to the marriage.
The Seventh Blessing brings the couple to rejoice together, united in gladness, surrounded by 10 shades of joy and a chorus of jubilant voices.
May you be generous and giving with each other.
May your sense of humor and playful spirit always continue to enliven your relationship.
May you always respect the diversity of humankind.
May you act with compassion to those less fortunate and with responsibility to the communities of which you are a part.
May you appreciate and complement each other’s differences.
May you always share yourselves openly with your friends and family.
May your home be a haven of blessing and peace.
Blessed are You God, Source of the world, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Blessed are You God, Light of Life, who created everything for your glory.
Blessed are You God, Spirit of all things, who has created the human being.
Blessed are You God, Foundation of every life, who fashioned humanity in Your likeness, and prepared for us a shape and form in your image, from one generation to the next and for all eternity. Blessed are You God, who has created human beings.
Zion will surely celebrate and exult in the coming together of her children. Blessed are You God, who brings joy to Zion through her children.
Give pleasure to these beloved companions as you did to your creation in the Garden of Eden so long ago. Blessed are you God, who makes the hearts of this couple rejoice.
Blessed are You God, Source of the universe, who has created each of these two people, their delight and their happiness, their rejoicing and singing and dancing and festivity, love and friendship, peace and pleasure. Oh God, may the voices of this celebration be heard in the streets of our cities and the hills of our countryside. May the words of this couple go out with gladness from their wedding chuppah, and may the music of their friends and guests surround them. Blessed are You God, who brings joy to the hearts of this couple.
Blessed is the one who created the fruit of the vine. Bless the two of you who come out of long traditions of struggling to find out what it is to be human. May you be full of the wine of life. May the life force and the knowledge of the human heart always be with you.
Blessed is the One. All creation mirrors your splendor and reflects your radiance. Bless the two of you. May the two of you know that all beauty comes from the Great Heart, and may you always live in its radiance.
Blessed is the one who created human beings. Bless the two of you. May you know it all–joy and struggle, beauty and sorrow, sweat, tears, solitude, companionship, laughter, and ecstasy. May your marriage be strong enough to support you to experience whatever you must as you come to know yourselves and each other and to discover the entire range of your humanity in the process of soul-making.
Blessed is the one who created us in the divine image, so we may live, love, and perpetuate life. Bless the two of you. May you delight in the wonder and impossibility of the fact that you are so similar and so different–may the difficulty and enormous pleasure of being a man and woman continually fascinate and engage you and be the source of your bonding.
Blessed is the one who brings people together and unites the divided. In joy, we have come to witness this marriage of many cultures. It is said that everyone gets married at a wedding. Bless the two of you who bring us together through your union today.
Blessed is the one who rejoices that the love between these two people as the very first love in the Garden. Bless the two of you who recreate the world for us and for yourselves. May your love be as old and as new as the first love, and may you also bring new life, in all its forms, into the world.
Blessed is the creation of joy and celebration, lover and beloved, gladness and jubilation, pleasure and delight, love and solidarity, friendship and peace. Soon may we hear in the streets of the city and the paths of the fields the voice of joy, the voice of gladness, the voice of a lover, the voice of beloved, the triumphant voice of lovers from the canopy, and the voice of youths from their feasts of song. Blessed is the joy of lovers, one with another.