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New Jewish Wedding, Revised Paperback – March 6, 2001
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Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Diamant is a treasure. She has become teacher and sage to thousands. The New Jewish Wedding was great before -- now it is essential.
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman Professor of Liturgy, Hebrew Union College and cofounder of Synagogue 2000 An extraordinary revision of an extraordinary book -- the first and still best guide to what every couple should think about in planning a Jewish wedding.
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"Diamant is a treasure. She has become teacher and sage to thousands. The New Jewish Wedding was great before--now it is essential."--Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
"An extraordinary revision of an extraordinary book--the first and still best guide to what every couple should think about in planning a Jewish wedding."--Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy, Hebrew Union College and cofounder of Synagogue 2000
"In a thoughtful and sensitive reworking of her wonderful guide to Jewish marriage, Anita Diamant shows us, once again, that her finger is firmly on the pulse of American Judaism in all its aspects. Inclusive, accessible, and enjoyable to read, Diamant's work now offers an expanded, updated treatment of the questions all Jews ask when they marry: from the rabbi to the reception to the reality of life afterwards. If you are a couple with wedding plans, the parent of a bride or groom, or simply a person interested in delving into the subtle beauty of our tradition, it is hard to imagine a better book than this to accompany you on your journey."--Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Dean, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York
"I am very impressed by this book--by the air of openness and spirituality that pervades its pages. It's a 'how-to' book of the highest quality, for in essence it teaches us how to prepare for and experience the loveliness and sanctity of one of life's most glorious moments: the wedding."--Chaim Potok
"This is a special book, the product of excellent research, spiritual sensitivity, and the author's genuine empathy for the reader. It is complete, informative, and thoroughly enlightening. Instead of giving directions, it gently provides options. It makes me envy anyone who is planning a wedding. I wish it had existed when my wife and I were planning ours."--William Novak, coauthor of Iacocca
"This book glows with love of Judaism."--Susannah Heschel, editor of On Being a Jewish Feminist
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Thank you for the informative and beautiful book. She never says, "do it this way or you are bad." Just like Judaism, she gives you glimpses into the history (best guess actually), why it matters and how it may matter to you (or not) with no pressure or implied guilt if you choose not to conduct yourself one way or the other.
This book gives you the freedom to truly enjoy your celebration knowing you know what you need to know, and inspires the "how" to express what you want to express ... To your groom/bride, family, friends, yourself and the universe.
As I said in the title, I read it once and since I kept telling my fiance little tidbits that I didn't know or things that were interesting, he asked to borrow the book. After his first reading he said that he wanted to review certain sections, highlight them and then pass this book onto his mother!
I really found Diamant's book to be greatly inspiring and full of explainations on what parts are necessary in a jewish ceremony and what parts are customs and why. She really appeals to a large audience because she does not assume you have to be orthodox to understand or take part in anything she discusses. This book has also inspired me to have a Friday night "Sabbath" dinner with close family before our wedding and integrate some rituals I didn't know about previously, like both mothers breaking a plate. (Read the book to find out what it means!)
And since I am having a long engagement, I am going to have to refresh my memory soon because when I read it I just remember saying out loud "Oh, that is so cool! I want that to happen during my ceremony too!"
BUY THIS BOOK! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
The traditions, the sample photos are all a great way to motivate couples to incorporate Jewish life into their wedding ceremony, and who knows maybe their lives as well.
Kudos to Anita Diamnt