100 Jew­ish Brides: Sto­ries from Around the World

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February 2, 2022

100 Jew­ish Brides: Sto­ries from Around the World fea­tures sto­ries of Jew­ish brides from six con­ti­nents, high­light­ing diverse cus­toms and rit­u­als relat­ed to wed­dings now and in the past. The sto­ries, writ­ten by brides, their rel­a­tives, cler­gy, and oth­er inti­mates, cov­er sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences across the Jew­ish dias­po­ra, from courtship and betrothal to pre-wed­ding cus­toms, the wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny, and beyond.

With sto­ries from Afghanistan to Zim­bab­we, this col­lec­tion of inti­mate per­son­al tes­ti­monies will sur­prise and inspire. A Jew­ish wed­ding after con­ver­sion in Mada­gas­car, a reunion of Holo­caust sur­vivors in Swe­den, a ship­board romance ini­ti­at­ed by a celebri­ty, these sto­ries from 83 coun­tries describe Jew­ish wed­ding tra­di­tions, some famil­iar and oth­ers eye-open­ing, in a mul­ti­tude of cul­tures and set­tings, past and present.

100 Jew­ish Brides offers inti­mate glimpses into the worlds of brides and their fam­i­lies based on their own writ­ten accounts. It rep­re­sents oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn how Jew­ish lives were and are cur­rent­ly lived around the world from mem­o­ries of the dis­tant past to recent times.

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