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The Jewish Wedding Now - Anita Diamant

The Jewish Wedding Now

eBook Published: 30th September 2007
ISBN: 9781416576549
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Newly revised and updated, the definitive guide to planning a Jewish wedding, written by bestselling novelist Anita Diamant—author of The Red Tent and The Boston Girl—and one of the most respected writers of guides to contemporary Jewish life.

This complete, easy-to-use guide explains everything you need to know to plan your own Jewish wedding in today’s ever-changing world where the very definition of what constitutes a Jewish wedding is up for discussion.

With enthusiasm and flair, Anita Diamant provides choices for every stage of a wedding—including celebrations before and after the ceremony itself—providing both traditional and contemporary options. She explains the Jewish tradition of love and marriage with references drawn from Biblical, Talmudic, and mystical texts and stories. She guides you step by step through planning the ceremony and the party that follows—from finding a rabbi and wording the invitation to organizing a processional and hiring a caterer. Samples of wedding invitations and ketubot (marriage contracts) are provided for inspiration and guidance, as well as poems that can be incorporated into the wedding ceremony or party and a variety of translations of traditional texts.

“There is no such thing as a generic Jewish wedding,” writes Anita Diamant, “no matter what the rabbi tells you, no matter what the caterer tells you, no matter what your mother tells you.” Complete, authoritative, and indispensable, The Jewish Wedding Now provides personalized options—some new, some old—to create a wedding that combines spiritual meaning and joyous celebration and reflects your individual values and beliefs.

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“No two weddings are alike, and in The Jewish Wedding Now Anita Diamant has spot-on advice for every couple -- from the most traditional to the most cutting edge. Whether your wedding is interfaith, LGBTQ, very observant or just Jewish, she will walk you through every step of this emotionally fraught, ritually complex and spiritually fertile life-cycle moment. Without judging what couples should choose or avoid, Diamant explains, teaches, describes and inspires.”

Contents

Preface to the New Edition

From the Author

Introduction


PART ONE:

MAKING THE TRADITION YOUR OWN

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

The Tradition of Marriage

Modern Life

Making Jewish Choices

PART TWO

WAYS AND MEANS

PLANNING THE WEDDING

Choosing a Rabbi

When and Where

Invitations and Wedding Booklets

Wedding Clothes, Wedding Rings

The Ketubah

The Huppah

The Processional

Witnesses

A Jewish Checklist

PLANNING THE PARTY

Food and Drink

Laughter, Music, and Dance

Photographers and Flowers

A NOTE ON REMARRIAGE

PART THREE

CELEBRATIONS AND RITUALS

BEFORE THE WEDDING

Tenaim: Celebrating Engagement

Celebrating Community

Spiritual Preparation

The Wedding Day

UNDER THE HUPPAH

Betrothal: The Ring Ceremony

Voices of Joy and Gladness

Nuptials: The Seven Marriage Blessings

Finales

BLESSINGS FOR THE SIMCHA

Before the Meal

Concluding the Festivities

Birkat Hamazon -- Blessings after the Meal

PART FOUR

CREATING A JEWISH HOME

LIVING AS BRIDE AND GROOM

A Jewish Home

Tay Sachs and Allied Diseases

Divorce

Appendices

Notes

Glossary

Index

ISBN: 9781416576549
ISBN-10: 1416576541
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 30th September 2007
Publisher: Scribner