The chuppah is also known as huppah, chipe, chuppa or chupah. It is a wedding canopy, under which a Jewish couple stand during their wedding ceremony. The symbol and design of the chuppah describe the home feeling that the couple will build together. It includes cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, support over the four poles with stretch. Sometimes it manually held up by the attendants to the ceremony. Generally, the chuppah refers to the method by which the nesuin and the second one stage of a Jewish marriage which is accomplished. There are also other views related to these canopies, it accomplished by the couple standing under the canopy along with the rabbi who weds them.
Chuppah word appears in the Hebrew Bible. The connection between the term chuppah and the wedding ceremony can be traced in the Bible and this statement, states by the Abraham P. Bloch. Although the physical appearance of the word huppah and its religious significance have undergone many other changes since then. The wedding canopies were unknown before the 16th century and finds by Solomon Freehof.
The regional differences contain centuries in what constituted a Huppah. The use of the huppah became customary noted by Alfred J. Kolatch during the Middle Ages. For many communities prior to the 16th century and the huppah consisted of a veil worn by the bride and this point notes by Daniel Sperber. It was just like the cloth spread over the shoulders of the bride and groom. In medieval Europe, Italy and North Africa numerous illustrator of the Jewish wedding show no evidence or proof of a huppah as its known today.
A Jewish home symbolized by the cloth canopy and the four poles representation by the chuppa. The tent of Abraham was open for hospitality just as a chuppah is open on all four sides. To the one guests, the chuppah represents hospitality. As a reminder, this “Home” initially lacks furniture that the basis of the Jewish home is the people within it and not only the possessions. The covering of the chuppa represents the presence of God over the Covenant of marriage but in the spiritual sense. Above all, as the kippah served as the reminder of the creator, so the chuppah was erected that the ceremony and the institutions of the marriage have the divine origins erected to signify.
Above the chuppah, especially in the Orthodox, Judaism, which is a traditional chuppah recommends that there be open the sky exactly. In a hall, if the wedding ceremony is held indoors in a hall but sometimes the special opening is built to be opened during the ceremony. The entire ceremony outdoors many Hasidim prefer to conduct. At the huppah ceremony, it is said that the couple’s ancestors are present.
The Jewish practice was not for the groom and his bride in Yemen, to stand under the canopy hung on the four poles and today widely practised in the Jewish Weddings but above all, rather be secluded in a bridal chamber that was in effect, a highly decorated room in the house of the groom called the Chuppah or Huppah.