We welcome (names of couple), who will enter into the covenant of marriage tomorrow. They come here today in recognition of the commitment they are making to us, and to the Jewish people—to create a bayit ne'eman, a faithful home. Rav Kook said, "Faith is the song of life," and our hope for _____ and _____ is that their song of life will sound sweet and clear aiways. May your home always be filled with song, light, laughter and faith.
Our tradition tells us many stories of men and women, not born into Judaism, who chose to affiliate themselves with us. From Tamar is descended Nakhshon, son of Amminadab, who had the faith to walk into the Sea of Reeds, even though the waters did not part until he was immersed up to his neck. Nakhshon's grandson is Boaz, who redeemed Ruth, a Moabite woman who was the great-grandmother of King David. Naomi had urged Ruth to return to her father's home but Ruth pledged her faithfulness, saying, "Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God."
Couple recites together:
In faithfulness and love, we pledge to be partners in creating a Jewish home, sharing together in the rituals and practices of home and shul. We will raise our children as Jews and teach them about a life of Torah, tzedakah, and tikkun olam. We commit to being responsible citizens of the Jewish community.
We celebrate the creation of this bayit ne'eman, this Jewish home and weicome you into the circle of our community. The pledge you have made to us today is matched by one we make to you - to be your community, to share your joys and sorrows. When you pledge your faithfulness to each other, know that we faithfully pledge to help you build your bayit ne'eman.
After the Flood, God instituted the rainbow as the symbol of the covenant made with humankind and all of Creation. Today, _____ and _____ have made a covenant with us and the blessing said upon seeing a rainbow is a most appropriate way to celebrate with them.
ברוך אתה יה אלהנו רוח העולם עשה מעשה בראשית
Barukh Atah Adonai eloheinu ruakh ha-olam zokher ha-b'rit v'ne'eman bivrito v' kayam b'ma'amaro.
Blessed are you, Adonai, our God, breath of the universe,
who remembers the covenant, is faithful to the covenant and keeps promises.
This ritual was created for West End Synagogue and the name suggested by Linda Rich