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    First the groom – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. Why is the bridegroom brought to the Chuppah before the bride?

    A. Some say that the Chuppah symbolises the marital home, which the groom built or acquired before bringing his wife there. There is also a Midrashic idea that the practice derives from the Giving of the Torah at Sinai which was like a formal union between God and the people of Israel; God was present first and then Israel arrived.

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