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Topic: Kabbalat Panim, Meaning

Jonathan from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

We recently received a wedding invitation and it said: "Two O'clock in the afternoon, Kabalat Panim." What is "Kabalat Panim?"


Dear Jonathan,

Kabalat Panim literally means "receiving of the faces." In plain English it means "reception." It refers to the reception before the actual chupa (wedding ceremony), when the bride and groom and families receive the guests.

Have a good time at the wedding!


 
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