Forget war, let's get married: 50 Israeli couples wed
There was one rabbi, 50 couples, close to a hundred Jewish mothers-in-law, and the only explosions were from popping corks and breaking glasses.india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 10:11 IST
There was one rabbi, 50 couples, close to a hundred Jewish mothers-in-law, and the only explosions were from popping corks and breaking glasses.
The mass wedding on Monday for couples from Israel's north, who had to cancel their weddings as more than 4,000 Hezbollah rockets hit their region in the past month, was planned during the war but happened on the first day of the cease-fire.
This was added cause for celebration.
Brides danced with fathers, grooms danced with mothers. Women in body paint and dressed as flowers danced on pedestals as part of the entertainment. And it was all free, with Israeli companies pouring in some $2.5 million, organisers said, to sponsor the ceremony at a massive nightclub in Tel Aviv's old port.
"This is the real answer against our enemy," said one of Israel's two chief rabbis, Yonah Metzger, who presided over the ceremony at the pier. "We send him the biggest bomb that we can after 50 grooms break their glasses. This is the real answer."
Before the night was over, 50 grooms had stomped on and broken a glass, in accordance with Jewish marriage rituals. The moment was followed by a little crying, a lot of relieved sighs and more "mazeltov"s than anyone could count.
Metzger said Hezbollah wanted to destroy Jewish homes, but these couples were building them instead.
Each couple was allowed 100 guests, and with the wedding-crashers, press and other interlopers there were at least 6,000 people present, organizers said. The 50 couples were chosen from more than 300 applied after the war interrupted the busy summer wedding season.