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א תחנה פאר א כלה קודם החופה | A Tkhine for a Bride [to say] before the Khupe [wedding canopy ceremony]


שְׁטַארְקֶער גָאט! דְרַײ װִיכְטִיגֶע זַאכִין נֶעם אִיךְ זִיךְ הַײנְט אוֺיף מִיר, דוּרְךְ מַײן חוּפָּה, װֶער אִיךְ אַ מְחוּיֶבֶת צוּ זַײן אַ פְרוֺי, נָאר צוּ מַײן מַאן, אַ װִירְטְהִין צוּ אַהוֺײז, אוּנ מִיט דֶער צַײט אַמוּטֶער צוּ קִינְדֶער, אוּנ אִיךְ פִיל מִיךְ אֲפִילוּ שְׁװַאךְ צוּא דִיא דְרַײ זַאכִין, װִי נִדָה, חַלָה, הַדְלָקַת הַנֵר, נוּר אָבֶּער אִיךְ װֵײס, אַז דָאס אִיז דַײן הֵײלִיגֶער פֶערְזָאג פַאר אוּנְזֶער טוֺבָה װֶעגִין, דְרוּם װִיל אִיךְ דָאס עֶרְפִילֶען, שְׁטַארְק אוּנ קְרֶעפְטִיג מִיךְ לִיבֶּער גָאט, אַז אִיךְ זָאל הָאבִּין כֹּחַ דַײן פֶערְלַאנְג צוּ טָאן, אוּנ צוּ דִינֶען דִיר מִיטִין גַאנְצִין הַארְצֶען, אָמֵן וְאָמֵן:
Mighty God! Today, I take upon myself [to follow] three important things: [1] with my Khupe, I become obligated to be a wife, for my husband only, [2] [to be] a house-keeper to our house — [3] and with time, [become] a mother to [our] children. And I will fulfill, even when weak, the following three things: [1] Nidah [marital purity], [2] [separating] Chalah, [3] lighting the [Sabbath] candles. However, I know that Your holy obligation [to follow the above] is for our own benefit; therefore, I wish to fulfill them. Strengthen and empower me, Beloved God, that I have the energy to do what You desire, and to serve You with my entire heart — Amen and Amen!

“A Tkhine for a Kaleh before the Khupe” by an unknown author is a faithful transcription of the tkhine published in Rokhl m’vakoh al boneho (Rokhel Weeps for her Children), Vilna, 1910. I have transcribed it without any changes from The Merit of Our Mothers בזכות אמהות A Bilingual Anthology of Jewish Women’s Prayers, compiled by Rabbi Tracy Guren Klirs, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 1992. shgiyot mi yavin, ministarot nakeni. Translation by Baruch Jean Thaler.

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