The Week of Sheva Berachos, Day #2 – Beracha
אמר רבי תנחום א”ר חנילאי כל אדם שאין לו אשה שרוי…בלא ברכה…דכתיב להניח ברכה אל ביתך
Rabbi Tanchum said in the name of Rabbi Chanilai: Any man who doesn’t have a wife lives…without beracha…as it is written: “To leave beracha towards your house”
As part of the Jewish wedding ceremony, seven blessings known as sheva berachos are recited under the chuppah. As well, our Sages tell us that once a couple gets married, they are to spend the first week of their marriage rejoicing. During these seven days, the sheva berachos are again recited, at the end of a festive meal. Some say that these seven blessings correlate to the seven things that a man acquires when he gets married. Our Sages inform us that until a man gets married, he doesn’t have joy, blessing, goodness, Torah, fortification, peace, nor is he a complete Man. As such, it would be appropriate during this week to elaborate on each of these seven qualities, and how they relate to marriage.