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Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore Converting to Judaism

Is Drew Barrymore Jewish? The answer is that she currently is not, but she appears to be interested in converting to the Jewish faith. She is engaged to marry Will Kopelman this year. While many non-Jews preparing for conversion to Judaism reach out to rabbis or Jewish friends for guidance, Drew Barrymore has sought out [...]

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Without the Rabbinate, I’ll thee wed

Without the Rabbinate, I'll thee wed

The people who attended Yehiel and Tamar’s wedding ceremony two and a half years ago thought they’d come to a typical wedding of a graduate of a hesder yeshiva (combining religious studies with military service ) and a graduate of a religious studies institute for women. The mesader kiddushin (officiating rabbi ) was a well-known [...]

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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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700 Chuppas in New Jersey

700 Chuppas in New Jersey

11 couples celebrated their Jewish marriage ceremony Sunday with Bris Avrohom in New Jersey, at their annual gala dinner attended by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger. In a procession, they were led one by one from the hotel lobby of the Sheraton hotel in Parsippany, NJ. Surrounded by family, friends and supporters of Chabad they merged [...]

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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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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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Traditional Jewish ceremonies

Baby naming ceremonies Every individual is born different. They say that no two individuals are alike, twins may look identical, but not everything about them is the same. But what’s special and unique about each and every one of us, is our names. One of the most exciting times for a parent is naming their [...]

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Rabbi co-officiates at Clinton wedding

Rabbi co-officiates at Clinton wedding

Chelsea Clinton was married under a chuppah in a ceremony co-officiated by a rabbi. Rabbi James Ponet, head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, was joined by Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister. Clinton and the groom, Marc Mezvinsky, reportedly were married under a chuppah, in a ceremony that featured friends [...]

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Tips for Creating a Huppah

A Huppah or Chuppah is a Jewish wedding canopy with a piece of cloth or any covering draped over four poles.  The Huppah represents the home that the couple will build. There are no Halakhic requirements as to how big it should be and how it should appear. However, it should be big enough for the bride and groom to [...]

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Honor Your Jewish Heritage with Decorative Kiddush Cups

Whether celebrating Shabbat, a wedding, or any of the Jewish holidays, the reciting of the Kiddush is an important part of the ceremony, so the Kiddush cup that is used should convey the proper respect and dignity that the ritual deserves. With so many styles available, choosing the perfect one is not always an easy [...]

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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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Made in Heaven

A Jewish Wedding Guideby Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan Written by the brilliant expositor of traditional Judaism, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, this volume describes and explains the laws and customs of the wedding ceremony, and offers practical advice and suggestions for the preparations and the arrangement of the wedding. Written in the hope that it would help make [...]

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Mazel Tov!

The Complete Book of Jewish Weddingsby Lea Bayers Rapp Skip the mishigas of wedding planning and get into the merriment with this indispensable guide to putting together the perfect Jewish wedding of your dreams. From submitting the engagement announcement to the local newspaper to finding the perfect artistic rendering of your Ketubah, Lea Bayers Rapp [...]

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The Complete Book of Jewish Weddings

by Lea Bayers Rapp From submitting the engagement announcement to the local newspaper to finding the perfect artistic rendering of the ketubah, Lea Bayers Rapp takes readers step by step through a wealth of information that covers every aspect of all sorts of Jewish weddings — including the traditional, the high-tech, the Old World with [...]

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The Complete Jewish Wedding Companion

by Rabbi Zalman Goldstein A comprehensive guide to the traditional Jewish wedding, this compact book provides an overview of related laws and customs from the engagement ceremony to the wedding itself. Chasidic insights into the various rituals highlight the significance of this phase in the Jewish lifecycle and emphasize the spiritual dimension of marriage. Included [...]

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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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Our Wedding Album

by Artist Betsy Platkin Teutsch Everything you would hope to recall of your engagement and wedding can be recorded in this book of traditional design: how you met, announcement, invitation, plans, showers, parties, Tzedakah, Aufruf, the ceremony, the celebration, gifts list, and lots of room for momentos and photos. Ring binder style with hard cover.(34 [...]

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Mazel Tov Wedding Album

Edited by Masha FridmanIllustrated by: Artal Beit El and Mordechai Barkatz Everything you would hope to recall of your engagement and wedding can be recorded in this book of traditional design: family trees, guest lists, gifts list, seating plan, and list of participants in the ceremony. Also includes an 8.5′x11′, full color, Ketubah ready to [...]

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Musical Mazel Tov to the Bride and Groom, A

Zim, Paul From the cocktail hour to the ceremony through the reception - 20 traditional Jewish Wedding songs: Smorgasbord Medley, Eshet Chayil, Bridal Marches, Mazel Tov Medley, Hava Negila, Mezinke Tantz & more! Available in Compact Disc

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Mazel Tov: The Complete Book of Jewish Weddings

Lea Bayers Rapp Publisher: Citadel Press Covering every shade of marriage ceremony from traditional to high tech, this upbeat book addresses the real-world needs of people marrying today. Photos throughout.

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The Creative Jewish Wedding Book: A Guide to Making the Wedding of Your Dreams a Re

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer Publisher: Jewish Lights 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 details—deciding who to invite, choosing a caterer, arranging the reception—can sometimes lead to a couple forgetting about the bigger picture and the significance of this [...]

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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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Love Letters

David Moss Publisher: Bet Alpha Editions Beginning in the late 1960s, David Moss began to revive the handwritten, illuminated ketubah (pl. ketubot), the traditional Jewish marriage contract. The illuminated ketubah, a centuries-old artistic tradition, had virtually disappeared due to the development of quick and affordable printing. LOVE LETTERS presents a vast collection of the stunningly [...]

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