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Jewish Wedding Invitations
An Orthodox Perspective by Rivka C. Berman

Invitations to Orthodox weddings (outside of Israel) customarily display two sides.  The right side printed in Hebrew the left in English (or the language of the country in which you live). This not only allows for the amusing transliterations of your wedding hall’s name “Le Chateau de la Mer” into Hebrew, but sets the tone for a proudly Jewish wedding.

Common also is to decorate the top of the invitation with the verses:

"Na-ale et Yerushalayim al rosh simchateinu," meaning "We shall lift Jerusalem above our joy,"  a reminder to always keep close to our hearts Jerusalem and our yearning for the the days of redemption.  This verse is followed by:

 "Od Yishama BeArei Yehudah U'Vchutzot Yerushalayim, Kol Sasson V'eKol Simcha, Kol Chatan V'eKol Kalah," which translates to: " Let there 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."

It is also customary to invite people to "Share in the joy" rather than "Request the Honor of Presence," which reflects the idea of giving and sharing with the poor during times of happiness.

Lubavitch chassidic Jews generally use a text with the initial letters of each paragraph speling the word “ahava,” LOVE.



 

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