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Decking the bride

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The terms used to describe the veiling of the bride is most often spelled  bedeken, but also occasionally spelled badeken, badecken, or even badekin,  as 
there are no hard and fast rules about the English spelling of Yiddish words. 
 The Ashkenazic custom is for the groom, accompanied by friends and relatives who sing and dance around him, to approach the bride and pull the veil down over her face.    This is one of the key moments that any Jewish wedding photographer knows is a must-have shot.  Remember, the bride and groom have not seen each other for some time now.   They are usually quite happy to meet up, and their joy is reflected in their faces.  The veiling is traditionally followed by the bride getting blessed by her father, mother, and, possibly, grandparents who lay their hands over her head -- another great picture moment. The question is: why go through this public veiling, and why make the groom responsible for it?  The practice goes back to really ancient history.  Brid…