Sung at a Jewish wedding, this song is not a typical wedding song. It gives you a new perspective on the holiness of marriage according to Judaism. Jewish tradition teaches that when a man and a woman unite in matrimony, G-d Himself joins them and that the union is holy. The words to this song, a bit melancholy for a joyous Jewish wedding, are truly meaningful and embody the soul of a Jewish marriage – faith.
“..Even on the days when I “forgot” you You were always in my life In all the ways that I went You have been a guiding light. I was blind. I could not see beyond what my eyes were focused on
Chorus: King, the King of all Kings – Thank you for life For happiness for tears and Laughter
Even when it’s hard sometimes, even then, you are my G-d.
You are never far.”
Throughout Judaism there are constant reminders that we are not alone and that there is a greater purpose and meaning life – God’s will. Even at a wedding, where the natural assumption would be it is about the two people uniting together, Judaism brings God into the forefront of the ceremony. We remember that it is our souls uniting as one. That we are uniting in order to fulfill the will of God.
There are many religious rituals and symbols for a bride and groom on their wedding day. The wedding day itself is considered to be like Yom Kippur for the couple where there souls are cleansed of any sins so that they can join together free of sin.
In fact, the wedding ceremony ends with the recitation of psalm 137, “If I forget thee o’ Jerusalem”. We remember that whilst the wedding ceremony is the happiest day of a couples lives no happiness is complete. Complete, full, true happiness will only be felt when we see the building of the third temple.