Announcement: New Sefer on Weddings for Ashkenazim and Sepharadim

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New Sefer! Birkat Rivka by Mordechai Djavaheri

A quick guide to the Jewish wedding, Birkat Rivka is an English digest of meaningful thoughts and practical Halachot, relevant for both Sepharadim and Ashkenazim, highlighting the nuances and contemporary discussions of the Jewish Marriage Ceremony and Sheva Berachot. It presents age-old Minhagim and views of modern day Poskim succinctly and cogently, with meaningful Divrei Torah to share.

The sefer is compact, concise, and fits in one’s suit jacket pocket, making it ideal for learning at a Chuppah. It’s also a great prep sefer for the engaged couple and their families, as well as a handy reference for running a sheva berachot seudah.The Sefer is available for only | $5 | on Amazon and at the YU Seforim Sale.

Birkat Rivka has been featured in the NJ Jewish Link by Rav Haim Jachter, and it has Haskamot from Rav Hershel Schachter, Rav Mordechai Willig, Rav Yona Reiss, Rav David Lau, and Rav Mordechai Lebhar.

It includes Halachic positions of contemporary Gedolei Ashkenaz (including HaRav Hershel Schachter and HaRav Mordechai Willig) and Chachmei Edot HaMizrach with sprinklings of Persian and Moroccan Minhagim. The Shevuah Chamurah in the Ketubah, Yichud Room for Sepharadim, and the location of Sheva Berachot Seudot are dealt with in great detail.

Mordechai Djavaheri grew up in the Persian community in Long Island, New York, and is a product of HANC, Shaalvim, and Yeshiva University. He is a student of HaRav Hershel Schachter for many years and currently an avrech at RIETS who enjoys software engineering on the side.

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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