Bedecken (Noticing Each Other)
Found In: Weddings & Commitment Ceremonies
By Rabbi David Sulomm Stein and Shulamit Sulomm Gehlfuss | Ritual Component
Hinnakh yafah ra'yati hinnakh yafah einayikh yonim.
Ah, how fine you are, my love
how fine –
your eyes like those of doves!
(Groom puts a kippah on bride's head.)
Hinkha yafeh dodi af na'im.
How fine are you, my beloved;
what joy we have together!
(Bride puts a kippah on groom's head.)
Domeh dodi litzvi o l'ofer ha-ayalim.
My beloved is like a gazelle
Or like a young stag.
(Bride pins a flower on groom.)
Libavtini achoti kallah libavtini b'achat me'einayikh.
You have stirred my heart
O my sister, my bride,
You have captured my heart
With one flash of your eyes.
(Groom pins a flower on bride.)
Copyright 1992 by David E. S. Stein. Used by permission of the author. All verses are taken from the Song of Songs.