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Tips in Welcoming Non-Jewish Guests to a Jewish Wedding

Are you having a Jewish wedding and inviting some non-Jewish friends over? Traditional Jewish weddings are in many ways different to other types of weddings so it is important to do every effort to make them feel comfortable during the occasion. Here are some tips to make your non-Jewish friends welcome during your Jewish wedding. [...]

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Jewish Marriages

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would [...]

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Gifts for a Jewish Engagement Party

A Jewish engagement is an important Jewish event in a to-be-married couple’s life.  The engagement party usually follows after the Te’naim (signing of a pre-Ketubah contract which sets out the terms of marriage). A Jewish engagement party is a good time to bring together the families and friends of the bride and groom. The party [...]

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Mitzvah Invitations – Planning in Advance

According to traditional Jewish traditions, the thirteen year old child who is still a fan of Saturday morning cartoons and is not even considering dating or driving anytime soon, is old enough to become a full fledged member of the Jewish congregation. Preparation for this mitzvah ceremony and celebration begins long before the child in [...]

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Jewish Wedding Traditions: Breaking the Glass

Breaking the glass is part of Jewish wedding ceremonies. This ritual often concludes the wedding ceremony. The groom stomps on a glass with his foot and the guests shout “Mazel Tov.” Several meanings are associated with the smashing of the glass during a Jewish wedding. Some believe that this symbolizes the fragility of marriage, while others believe [...]

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How to Act Properly When Attending a Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings are typically full of rituals representing the importance of the relationship of husband and wife and their obligations to a Jewish lifestyle.  As a guest, it is of much importance to understand the basics of Jewish weddings and to behave properly. I have listed below some tips on how to act appropriately when attending [...]

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Things to Consider When Planning for a Jewish Wedding

Planning for a Jewsih wedding can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Aside from the usual wedding details, the bride and groom need to consider important factors with regard to the wedding ceremony. Whether you’re planning for an Orthodox, Conservative or Reform wedding, the list below will help you plan for a beautiful [...]

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Silk Tallit – Give a Precious Gift That Will Be Remembered Forever!

A Jewish tallit, or prayer shawl, can be a beautiful expression of the Jewish faith, and a wonderful reminder of a special time or gift. Tradition strongly influences not only when one begins wearing a tallit to prayers, but how the tallit is made, how it is kept, and where one may wear it in [...]

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The Real Complete Jewish Wedding Party

50 Most Important Songs & Traditions The most comprehensive Jewish Wedding Collection ever! Songs for: Bedekin (veiling the Bride) and Tish (pre-wedding reception), the Ceremony and the Seven Blessings, processionals, horas, music for toasts and dancing and much more. Label: World Wide Success, 2000

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Suddenly Jewish

Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Rootsby Barbara Kessel One woman learned on the eve of her Roman Catholic wedding. One man as he was studying for the priesthood. Madeleine Albright famously learned from the Washington Post when she was named Secretary of State. What is it like to find out you are not [...]

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Inventing Jewish Ritual

New American Traditionsby Vanessa L. Ochs Vanessa Ochs invites her readers to explore how Jewish practice can be more meaningful through renewing, reshaping, and even creating new rituals, such as naming ceremonies for welcoming baby girls, healing services, Miriam’s cup, mitzvah days, egalitarian wedding practices, and commitment ceremonies. We think of rituals — the patterned [...]

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The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival

by Various Klezmer is the vivacious Jewish music, played traditionally at weddings and other celebrations. In the 1980s, new klezmer groups wanted more than just to revive the traditions of the past but to once again create a living tradition. They incorporated various styles, such as rock and roll and jazz with age-old Jewish folk [...]

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The Jewish Way in Love & Marriage

by Rabbi Maurice Lamm A popular and authoritative presentation of Jewish teaching on love and marriage in light of the traditions and laws of the Bible. The author also explores the outward symbols and practices of the traditional wedding ceremony, as well as discussing the traditional Jewish view on such topics as romantic love, premarital [...]

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The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition

A hands-on guide to new & old traditions, ceremonies & celebrations.by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer Enrich your wedding with your own creative use of Jewish ritual and tradition. Wedding planning can be a stressful experience. Keeping track of all the detailsdeciding who to invite, choosing a caterer, arranging the receptioncan sometimes lead to a couple forgetting about [...]

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The Eternal Bond

A Guide to the Laws, Customs, & Traditions of the Jewish Weddingby Rabbi Chaim Press Every marriage is made in heaven. The Jewish wedding is the moment when the chassan and kallah begin to create their own heaven on earth: the eternal bond. The kallah encircles her chassan underneath the chuppah and then takes her [...]

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The Jewish Wedding Celebration

by Rabbi Yonah WeinribIllustrated by: Yonah Weinrib A treasury of illumination, commentary, insights and traditions for the Jewish wedding. Sections include: The Aufruf, The Wedding Ceremony, The Cupah, Wedding Customs, The Ketubah, The Wedding Meal, and more. English text with Sheva Brochas and bentching in Hebrew only. Full-color embossed cover. Special Order for Imprinting. Customization [...]

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Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer

by Macy Nulman Fifteen years in the making, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer is a monumental achievement. Never before has such a comprehensive resource been available to those searching for answers to questions on Jewish prayer. Macy Nulman has provided, in one unique, accessible volume, information on each and every prayer recited in the Ashkenazic [...]

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Brides and Betrothals

Jewish Wedding Rituals in AfghanistanEdited by No’am Bar’am-Ben Yossef Brides and Betrothals features one of the ethnic communities that comprise the multicolored fabric of Israeli society. The rituals of the wedding serve as a window opening onto the public and private lives and customs of the small Jewish community of Afghanistan, which emigrated to Israel [...]

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Brides and Betrothals

Jewish Wedding Rituals in AfghanistanEdited by No’am Bar’am-Ben Yossef Brides and Betrothals features one of the ethnic communities that comprise the multicolored fabric of Israeli society. The rituals of the wedding serve as a window opening onto the public and private lives and customs of the small Jewish community of Afghanistan, which emigrated to Israel [...]

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Brides and Betrothals

Jewish Wedding Rituals in AfghanistanEdited by No’am Bar’am-Ben Yossef Brides and Betrothals features one of the ethnic communities that comprise the multicolored fabric of Israeli society. The rituals of the wedding serve as a window opening onto the public and private lives and customs of the small Jewish community of Afghanistan, which emigrated to Israel [...]

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Pomegranate Parent’s or Anniversary Gift

Thank You or Anniversary Textby Artist Mickie Caspi Lush pomegranates encircle a Jewish Star. Both versions have a quote from Proverbs 17:6 ‘Children’s children are the crown of the old and the glory of children are their parents.’ and a quote from Song of Songs 1:10-12 ‘My beloved spoke and said to me: Rise up [...]

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Pomegranate Parent’s or Anniversary Gift

Thank You or Anniversary Textby Artist Mickie Caspi Lush pomegranates encircle a Jewish Star. Both versions have a quote from Proverbs 17:6 ‘Children’s children are the crown of the old and the glory of children are their parents.’ and a quote from Song of Songs 1:10-12 ‘My beloved spoke and said to me: Rise up [...]

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Song of Songs Parent’s or Anniversary Gift

Thank You or Anniversary Textby Artist Mickie Caspi Flowering vines encircle a heartfelt message for your parents. Both versions have a quote from Proverbs 17:6 ‘Children’s children are the crown of the old and the glory of children are their parents.’ Give as a gift from a bride or groom to his or her parents [...]

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Edwardian Designs - Amy Fagin

The designs of these illuminated pages are derived from 15th century English and Italian Renaissance ornament. These lively and free form renderings are delightful reminders of the rich and varied decorative ornament created in 14th and 15th century Europe. Accompanied by thoughtful, contemporary Wedding and Anniversary vows, these designs are original 20th century artistic creations [...]

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The Complete Jewish Wedding Companion

Rabbi Zalman Goldstein Publisher: The Jewish Learning Group The ultimate guide to understanding and enjoying a traditional Jewish wedding experience. The Jewish Wedding Companion takes you through all the steps — from the engagement to the wedding — with clear instructions, explanations, and directions. It also includes all relevant prayers, liturgy, and blessings. Great for [...]

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Inventing Jewish Ritual: New American Traditions

Vanessa Ochs Publisher: JPS Vanessa Ochs invites her readers to explore how Jewish practice can be more meaningful through renewing, reshaping, and even creating new rituals-blessings for newborn daughters, Miriam’s cup, becoming an elder, and more. We think of rituals — the patterned ways of doing things that have shared and often multiple meanings — [...]

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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Howard M. Sachar Publisher: Vintage Books “A rich and balanced account. . . . There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” – Washington Post Book World “Magisterial . . . Sachar situates Jews [...]

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Judaism for Dummies

Rabbi Ted Falcon Ph.D. Publisher: Hungry Minds, Inc. If you want to reconnect with your Jewish heritage, or if you’re just curious about the Jewish experience, then this friendly guide is for you. With a dose of warmth and humor, you’ll discover key Jewish beliefs and traditions, understand the importance of Jewish history, and learn [...]

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