the Joy of the Jewish Wedding Author:Sol Zim Sol Zim states: — Over the years I have asked by colleagues and friends to suggest suitable music for a Jewish wedding. The need for such music became even more evident when our son married recently. As a cantor I have performed literally thousands of wedding during the past 27 years and I can recall the difficulty in finding a single collectio... more »n of printed music that could be given to a bride and groom, parents or the professional musician. The need for a comprehensive collection of Jewish wedding music has long existed. Hopefully this volume will fill the void.
This anthology represtns the most popular Jewish music featured at weddings and other "simchas" (joyous occasions). In it have been included the traditional, Hassidic and Israeli melodies suitable for the processionals, recessionals and dancing. In addition I have added a number of original songs such as V'erastich Li, Ani L'dodi, Eshet Chayil, Siman Tov and others. I have composed new settings for the entire wedding liturgy especially for this volume.
Yet another feature of this book is the JEWISH WEDDING: An introduction to its Rituals and Customs. As a cleartyman I have oftern been asked pertinent questions with regard to the history and practices of the Jewish wedding. Because I saw the need for such material, I enlisted the help of Shira Pssternak, a gifted reasearcher, who made a thorough study of available source material. It is hoped that her fine introduction will serve as a valuable resource for all those interested in this aspect of the Jewish heritage.
My heartfelt appreciation is expressed to the following: Velvel Pasternak for his expert guidance in the entire publication; my brother, Rabbi Sidney Zimelman, who has devoted his entire life to the survival of the Jewish people and its culture, for the very warm Foreword; my sons, Craig and Eric, for their constant encouragement; my wife, June, for her constant support and valued inspiration. Her dedication to all my projects have helped turn them into reality.
A traditional wedding sampler
The Jewish Wedding: an introduction to its rituals and customs
Pre-Badeken Dances: Ko Amar, Ashita, Shmelkie's Nigun, Miserlou, Hi'ne Ma Tov, Ush'avtem Mayim
Badeken Ceremony: Vay'hi Bishurun Melech, Od Yishama
Wedding Processional: Talit, Lev Tahor, Mi Ha'ish, Bilvavi, Lamnatzeach, Ani L'dodi, Y'did Nefesh, Erev Ba, Eshet Chayil, Emese Eshes Chayil, Erev Shel shoshanim, V'erastich Li, V'yiten L'cha, Mi Von Siach