- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (August 4, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671628828
- ISBN-13: 978-0671628826
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THIS IS THE BOOK! I have directed everyone who has asked to read it, cover to cover (if time permits) for its excellent guidance through the religious aspects of wedding planning.
When I recently relinquished my dog-eared and tabbed copy to another bride to be, I was amazed at how much of the information I found relevant/meaningful enough to "tab" for inclusion in our wedding disscussions/ceremony/program. The whole first section "Making the Tradition Your Own" really got me off on the right foot. My fiance converted about a year ago, and it was really important to both of us that the wedding speak not only to us, but to our non-Jewish family members and friends. This book really deals with these issues in a modern, egalitarian way.
A good deal of the text from our wedding program was culled from this book. It is clear and concise, without being preachy or didactic. It speaks to the beauty of the Jewish wedding traditions without making one or the other better.
In addition, this book does not discount the groom's role in crafting the wedding of HIS dreams! So many other wedding guides are filled with frilly verse and discussions of dresses and flowers. This one gives you the information you need so that you, your spouse, and your guests will remember the ceremony, not just the weather and the "franks in blanks!"
Whatever book you choose, and whatever you decide, I wish you ease of planning, and a day in which you are surrounded by the love of your family and friends! Mazel tov to all brides and grooms to be!
This book seems to have been written for Conservative and Reform Jews who may not be aware of all of the elements of a Jewish wedding. However, even if you are more traditional in your beliefs, you might appreciate this book as a resource for ideas.
Another, unrelated, point - Anita Diamant speaks not only to the bride, but also to the groom. She does not take us for granted, men. The only drawback of this book - and this is a minor point - is that it was written fifteen years ago, making some of the resources out of date. Do not let that stop you from purchasing the book - most of the information it contains is timeless.
Not only did my sister-in-law give us a copy when we announced our engagement, but our rabbi made it compulsory reading. My love and I are both grateful that they did. If you only buy one book, this should be the one. Mazel Tov.
a loss for the kind of book I could refer couples
to that would give them all that they needed to
plan their wedding in the fullness of Jewish
tradition, yet would also inspire them to make
their wedding as meaningful and as special as it
could be. When my own wedding day approached a few
years ago, a friend gave me and my then
bride-to-be a copy of this book, and it was simply
the most useful and exciting book on the topic I had
ever seen - nothing else comes close. The author's
inclusion of meticulously-researched information
regarding the traditions surrounding Jewish
weddings, as well as her creative and innovative
suggestions, blended with straightforward,
sensible advice on practical matters make this
book a 10+. It stands in a league by itself. I
purchased a number of copies in bulk, and now give
them out to every couple who comes to see me about
officiating at their wedding. Simply fantastic!
Howard L. Jaffe, Warren, NJ
I was especially gratified with the inclusion of information related to including non-Jewish family, as my husband is a convert to Judaism. Other Jewish resources, I have read only deal with problems in an interfaith marriage. The book was also helpful in equalizing the differences in Jewish knowledge of my daughter and her fiance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book arrived timely and in perfect condition. This isn't a "how to" planner for a wedding, but rather a good explanatory book of what some of the customs are, what they mean... Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by VC515
Nice job, in general, and very informative, but the very brief section on intermarriage told me only what I was going to miss out on (and left me feeling quite depressed). Read morePublished on April 2, 2002
For a secular Jew who still wanted a wedding that reflected my heritage, this book was priceless. It gives all the history as well as the nitty-gritty details. Read morePublished on April 17, 2001
Though my fiancee isn't a religious person, he's not Jewish. But we are having a "Jewish" wedding. Read morePublished on February 19, 2001
My daughter lives and will be married 600 miles away, so when she told me that the rabbi wanted her and her fiance to read this book, I bought it, too. Read morePublished on December 10, 2000 by Michele Withnell
Note: I heard that a revised edition is coming soon. However I wouldn't wait. If the new addition comes out between now and your wedding, well then you can have 2 great books! Read morePublished on November 13, 2000
This book was a helpful text for planning a jewish wedding. It has excellent slugs for writing a Ketubah and knowing the different options you have to make a wonderful... Read morePublished on September 26, 2000
The New Jewish Wedding Book was an amazing resource for me as I planned my wedding. It provided information about different traditions so that my husband and I could make our... Read morePublished on October 15, 1999 by Stacey Rabbino