badeken (buh-DEH-kin) listen


  • n. "A brief ritual performed among Ashkenazim just before the wedding ceremony, in which a veil is placed or lowered over the bride's face while reciting the blessing made on Rebecca" (Steinmetz, Dictionary of Jewish Usage).

Example Sentences

  • "After the short pre-chupah receptions hosted by the bride and groom, the badeken ceremony commences." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • באַדעקנס badekns, short for באַדעקן די כּלה badekn di kale 'to cover the bride'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      badekn, bedeken, bedekn

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