chuppah [Hebrew for “canopy”] – in Judaism, a wedding canopy usually made of a lavishly embroidered material with decorative appliques, featuring the recurring motif of the moon and the stars as well as a fragment of the words of the final blessing; the chuppah is spread above the heads of the newlyweds on four poles. An outspread tallit (a traditional Jewish cloak worn at prayer) may also serve as the chuppah. The chuppah also denotes the seven blessings which the celebrant says to the newlyweds during the wedding ceremony; after these blessings are spoken, the act of marriage is complete.

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