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From reciting the Kiddush (sanctification prayer) to building the chuppah (wedding canopy), the details of a Jewish wedding can be overwhelming! This wedding guide helps newlyweds understand tradition and plan a wedding they’ll cherish forever. Written by a rabbi who has performed many weddings, this informative guide will help people navigate: the Judaic concept of marriage; engagement etiquette; the proper way to introduce the families; how to confer with a rabbi and the ritual director; the business of incorporating family heirlooms; and more! Whether the wedding is joining two Jewish people or an interfaith couple, this book is a must-have survival guide for any chatan (groom) or kallah (bride).
About the Author
Rabbi Hyim Shafner (St. Louis, MO) is the rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in his home city. He has S’micha (Rabbinical Ordination), an MSW in social work, and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University in New York City. Rabbi Shafner has performed weddings for all kinds of Jewish people - from Orthodox to Reform to unaffiliated - in the past ten years. Rabbi Shafner assists couples with Jewish law and tradition, and he explains the significance of each step to the crowd.