Update: You can now find complete instructions for making a tallit and more projects at Sew Jewish.
I’m working on a new website that will show you how to use simple sewing techniques to make quality Judaica that you’ll love using. It’s called Sew Jewish. This pic is from one of the first planned posts, How to Make a Tallit. I’ll let you know when the site is up. (Update: It’s up!)
Huppahs (also spelled huppas, chuppahs, or khupas) became a part of the Jewish wedding ceremony during the Middle Ages in Europe, about the same time and place that men began covering their heads with kippot (yarmulkes). The Middle Ages sounds like a long time ago, but when you consider that Judaism’s history reaches back 5,000 years, the wedding huppah is a relatively young custom.
The earliest huppah poles were only a few feet tall. Four young men would hold the poles as they escorted the bride, who walked under the huppah, from her home to the synagogue.