It was the wedding that wasn’t. Sarah-Techiya Litman and Ariel Biegel were to be married tonight, Tuesday, November 17. But the bride had her special night robbed from her by dint of the cruelest circumstances imaginable: her father and brother were gunned down in their car on the way to the Shabbat Chatan, a celebration connected to Jewish marriage.
Now a Jewish wedding is almost never canceled. Grandparent dies the day of the wedding, God forbid? The show must go on.
That’s how important it is, a Jewish wedding. Two people separating themselves from all others, making themselves holy to each other, building a home, having children. This is the essence of fulfilling our task as holy human beings. Nothing must come in the way of that.
Except a death in the immediate family.
Sarah-Techiya is in mourning for her brother Netanel and her father Yaakov, may Hashem avenge their blood. And so the wedding will not be tonight.
But it will be.
Because the ultimate goal of the terrorists who gun down Jews as they drive, run them over at bus stops, and knife the elderly, is to eliminate the Jewish people and marriage is the OPPOSITE of this.
Kedushin, marriage, is about continuing the Jewish people, in a long line stemming from Abraham to the present. It’s about continuing a nation that none of its enemies could extinguish. Which is why Sarah-Techiya Litman and Ariel Biegel have every intention of getting married no matter what.
From Israel National News:
“This evening, instead of wearing the bridal dress, I will sit on the floor with a torn shirt,” Sarah told the newspaper Yediot Aharonot Tuesday. “But very soon, we will marry in a large and happy wedding. We will go on and be happy as Father and Netanel always were. We will not be crushed.”
“This will be the million-person wedding,” the couple said. “Multitudes will come to make us happy.”
So, no: they won’t be getting married tonight. But they WILL be getting married on November 26.
And you’re invited.
Here is the translated text of the Hebrew invitation:
“Don’t make our enemies happy. We fell, we got up, with G-d’s help, our wedding will take place next Thursday, 26 November, 14 Kislev, at Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem. Am Yisrael is invited to get up from the dust and rejoice with us….
Sarah Techiya and Ariel”
You read that and you just have to ask, “Mi K’amcha Yisrael?” Who is like Your nation Israel?
Next week? Put on your dancing shoes and be there, or be square.
UPDATE: I just received the following information by email:
SHIVA VISIT to Litman Family, Kiryat Arba
Rav Yaakov Litman HY”D and son Netanel, 18 HY”D were murdered by terrorists this past Friday near Otniel (south Hevron mountains) .
If you would like to make a shiva visit to the Litman family in Kiryat Arba, here is the information:
(They will be getting up on Friday afternoon.)
57 / 5 Medoragim, Kiryat Arba
שרה תחיה ליטמן, 57/5, מדורגים קרית ארבע, 901000
Phone: (02) 996-5067
As you know, the Litman family has invited all Klal Yisrael to attend the wedding of Sarah Techiya and Ariel next week, Thursday, Nov. 26. The chuppah will take place, bezrat Hashem, at 7 pm at Binyanei HaUma. The public is requested to come at 10:30 PM.
May the family know no more sorrow, and may we all merit the geula sheleima.
You can send your weddings gifts via a GoFundMe fund. Here is the link.
You can also mail a wedding gift to:
Ariel and Sarah Beigel, Derech Yatir 42, Meitar, 85025