Today’s words of endearment are ‘cha•tan’, bridegroom and ‘ka•la’, bride. The common biblical verb ‘getting married’ is connected to the noun groom – ‘le•hit•cha•ten’. Marriage, however is has a very surprising connotation. This will be tomorrow’s Hebrew Word of the day. Don’t miss this email. You’ll finally understand the reason for a certain custom you may have performed (something innocent, we promise!) but never asked why on earth you need to do it. Don’t miss this email – you’ll granted to love it!
Besides bridegroom, ‘cha•tan’ also means son-in-law and ‘ka•la’ means daughter-in-law. Also, ‘cha•tan’ and ‘kala’ are the terms used for guests of honor such as ‘Nobel Prize laureates’.
In every jewish wedding we acknowledge and recognize the happiness of the ‘chatan’ and the kala’ by reading from this beautiful verse:
‘The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who shall say, Praise the Lord of Hosts; for the Lord is good; for his mercy endures for ever; and of those who shall bring the sacrifice of praise to the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, says the Lord’.