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The Huppah

Posted by Philip on December 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM

This was a very brief study that we had in a frame on a table during sukkot 2011. It started a lot of interesting conversations. So we wanted to share it with our online friends.

 

Huppah literally means ‘covering’ or ‘canopy’ the word is typically used to refer to a wedding canopy. The Huppah is a small canopy which the bride and groom stand under during a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. During the days of Yeshua (Jesus) the term huppah would have mainly been used to refer to a special sukkah (tent) or a special room used as a bridal chamber. The modern Huppah appearance and use has changed however the symbolism is preserved.

 

The Head Covering and the Huppah - A woman’s head covering is a symbol of God being above her. It is also a symbol of her husband being above her own self and will. The woman’s head covering is also a representation of her huppah which she was married under and is a sign to others that she is married. An Orthodox Jewish woman will have her head covered once she is married. 

 

The Home and the Huppah - The huppah also represents the home. There are no sides on the huppah representing that our homes must be open to others, speaking of hospitality. It is a tradition that Abraham’s tent had four doors all of which were open all day because of his great hospitality. In addition, just as the sukkah is a temporary dwelling so the huppah is also temporary. The symbolism that can be found in this is that we are to be ready at anytime and waiting for the Messiah. Also our homes are temporary they could be taken away at anytime as history bares out through the many persecutions, inquisitions, and expulsions; being chased from land to land.

 

The Sukkah and the Huppah - The huppah tradition grew from the tradition of the sukkah and the bridal chamber. In times past the bride and groom locked themselves away in a bridal chamber or tent (a sukkah) for seven days and nights on the seventh day they emerged, on the seventh day the wedding feast was held. Often they would sit together beneath a separate canopy during the wedding feast.

 

Yeshua (Jesus) and the Huppah - To the believer in the risen Messiah the huppah also represents our marriage supper to Him. So also the sukkah represents this, as the sukkah is the ‘mansion’ or ‘bridal chamber’ the place the groom prepares to take his bride for the seven days and seven nights. Through all these things we can see some of the significance of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) and how it foreshadows the things yet to come, as the Apostle Paul wrote.

Categories: Feasts, Lifestyle, Marriage & Purity Issues

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