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The Simchah Handbook
By Rabbi David Weinberger
ArtScroll Series - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2008
ISBN 10: 1-4226-0639-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-4226-0639-1

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - July 7, 2008

The Simchah Handbook is a handy prayerbook that contains prayers for the many joyous events that permeate the Jewish life-cycle from the marriage service and the Pidyon HaBen (Redeeming a Firstborn Son) to the Bar / Bas Mitzvah ceremony and Siyum VeHachnasas Sefer Torah (Completing and Presenting a Sefer Torah). In addition to containing the text of these festive prayers, this handbook also includes information on the various celebrations, tips on enhancing any Simchos, and advice on how a guest should behave when invited to such an event.

The Simchah Handbook is a deceptively small book, measuring only 5" x 7", yet within it pages you will find a wealth of information, as well as essential prayers, that will enliven you next Simchah and enlighten you about important aspects of the celebrations. Best of all, it will help prevent you from overlooking any important aspect of the celebration! In addition, this is a very attractive book. It has a white, hardcovered surface that is embossed and highlighted with gold lettering. For anyone seeking a handy reference on the various Simchos, The Simchah Handbook is sure to meet your needs.

In writing this handbook, Rabbi David Weinberger has taken pains to not only cover the 'basics' of each event, but also to explain the purpose and meaning of the various prayers and celebrations. Throughout, the prayers are presented in vowelized Hebrew, with an English translation on the facing page. Explanatory information is offered solely in English. The text is divided into twelve chapters:
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