Next Course Start Date: 7 December 2021 / 3 Teves 5782

Chuppah v’Kiddushin Course Info

See below for a fully detailed course curriculum

What is it? 

A primer on the laws and customs of Chuppah v’Kiddushin. Participants will study the original Shulchan Aruch and commentaries, and apply it to the practical halachos and customs of officiating at a wedding.

Who is it for?

Everyone. Thanks to Machon Smicha’s innovative curriculum, this course can bring almost anyone up to speed, while still offering a high level of learning that will benefit even those who already officiate at weddings, or who are gearing up to do so. 

Why learn this?

The subject matter is practical, relevant, and comes up often. This course will teach you what really happens under the chuppah, and further your limmud hatorah in a structured manner.

How does the course work?

Course materials will be accessible online on the Machon Smicha platform, or mailed to you. All shiurim and classes are recorded, so you can learn when and how it works for you, wherever you are in the world. Learning time is approx. one hour a day.

When, and how much is it? 

The course is ten weeks, from 22 June (12 Tammuz) until 31 August (23 Elul.) The cost of the course is $600, payable in two monthly instalments of $300.

“Whether you’re the layperson watching the chuppah, the rabbi officiating at it, the chasan standing under it, or anybody in between, this course is for you.”


Course Curriculum

The course was developed by the Machon Smicha team, under the guidance of two experts in the field – Rabbi Yehoram Ulman of Sidney, and Rabbi Mordechai Farkash of Seattle, WA.  The topics covered by the course are relevant as well as interesting, and are subdivided into four primary topics:

Shiurim on the Shulchan Aruch by Rabbi Kesselman. Additionally, Rabbis Ulman and Farkash will deliver shiurim throughout the course, drawing from their wealth of knowledge and insight, both halachic and practical, and sharing that with the students.


Hilchos Yuchsin (The Laws of Genealogy)
שלחן ערוך אבן העזר סימנים ד’, ו’, ח’, י”ג

The behind-the-scenes, first step, to a marriage. This includes topics such as who may marry whom, mamzerim, kohanim, and unknown familial ties.


Hilchos Eidim  (The Laws of Witnesses)
שלחן ערוך חושן משפט סימן ל”ג, אבן העזר סימן מ”ב

One of the most fundamental and important elements of a marriage – ensuring the halachic acceptability of the witnesses, exploring who may or may not serve as a witness, and what they do at the wedding.


Hilchos Kesubah (The Laws of a Kesubah)
חלקים מסדר קידושין ונישואין – מדריך מפורט

Exploring the all-important marriage contract between husband and wife – what it is, and how to write a proper, kosher, one.


Chuppah v’Kiddushin
חלקים מסדר קידושין ונישואין – מדריך מפורט

The process of officiating at the actual wedding. This Includes understanding all the steps of the chuppah ceremony, and what to do when.


Every topic is accompanied by:

Shiurim covering other simanim not studied inside.

Relevant background from the Gemara and Rishonim.

Contemporary poskim and minhagim.


Course Offer

In this course, similar to the flagship smicha program, Machon Smicha offers students:

  • Online portal with access to all the program content
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Shiurim by Rabbi Kesselman.
  • English Study Guide containing introductions, overviews, translations, and in-depth summaries of every halachah.
  • Access to forums for questions, discussions, etc.
  • Rabbi and teachers available to answer questions and aid in the learning
  • Quizzes, other review material, and mock tests.
  • Certificate for those who successfully complete the program.

Additionally, Rabbis Ulman and Farkash will deliver shiurim throughout the course, drawing from their wealth of knowledge and insight, both halachic and practical, and sharing that with the students.

The course is ten weeks, from 22 June (12 Tammuz) until 31 August (23 Elul.)