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Mazal Tov Sivan & Ram

I had the pleasure of officiating the wedding of Sivan and Ram Malka.  They moved to Temecula during Covid and recently decided it was time to tie the knot and build a Jewish home. Mazal Tov Sivan & Ram! A Jewish wedding of locals is a big milestone for our community.   We had the honor of hosting a Sheva Brachos (post wedding celebration) for them. Sheva Brachos are actually the same blessings that are made under the Chuppah. For the week after the wedding, every time the bride and groom have a meal with a minyan, they can receive these blessings. It’s a beautiful way to start off their life together, being blessed by their family, friends and community.   There’s one rule though, that I didn’t really understand until last year. In order to recite all these blessings you need to have someone in attendance who was not at the wedding.  This is a way to increase the joy, by including more people. It always puzzled me.  Why is it so important to have a friend who missed the wedding?