Friday, May 24, 2013

From Two to Twenty...

Moetzi Shabbat and Sunday on the Jewish calendar is the 17th of Sivan. And why am I telling you this? Well because, my husband Avraham and I will be celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary.

We were married on 17th of Sivan 5727 corresponding to June 25th 1967, at the Young Israel of Chomedey in Chomedey, Quebec. For those who do not know where Chomedey is, it is a suburb of Montreal.

Believe me, when I write that back then it never occurred to me that we would be blessed with 3 amazing kids, 2 daughters and a son, 2 super son-in-laws, 13 precious Sabra grandchildren, 6 who are 10th generation Israeli, make Aliyah and live on a Sephardic yishuv.

Oh yes, another fact that I would have never believed would happened is that I would have a pet dog. Truthfully, I am a little afraid of dogs I don’t know, but for the last 18 years Rocky and now Patches, have been part our family and good friends. Rocky passed away 3 years ago.   
Our wedding was almost put on hold, because of the 6 day war in Israel and shuls were not allowing weddings to take place.

Fortunately for us and many other couples, Israel won the war in 6 days and our wedding was a happening.

Our wedding was a real princess wedding. You know the kind with all the trimmings. I am posting in green, because that was my color scheme. Being the only daughter I was the princess of the family. Sometimes I think that my mother a”H planned my wedding, to make up for her wedding having to be just a chuppah in the Rabbi’s study.

My parents were married in Montreal in 1943. A few days before their wedding date, my father a”H, who was a soldier in the Canadian army was called up and received his orders to be deployed 72 hours later to Europe to fight in the war. 

They didn’t know what to do. The time was during the nine days in Av, when weddings do not take place.

After asking a she’la [question] to the Chief Rabbi in Montreal, the answer was that they must get married before my father left and that he [the chief Rabbi] would do the ceremony. The ceremony was arranged for the next day. Their wedding was supposed to take place 3 weeks later.

24 hours after the ceremony, my father was deployed to Europe for three years.

My mother told me that a couple of days after my father left, the store where she bought her wedding dress called to say that her dress was ready and she told them to give it way. She didn’t want to see it finished.

My parents were only married for 37 years 


My parent’s engagement pictures. Being the 9 days, the Rav wouldn’t allow them to take a wedding picture.

So much water has passed under the bridge since that wonderful rainy Sunday evening in June. 

May we be blessed to dance at the weddings of our grandchildren and to welcome great-grandchildren. 


Batya said...

Mazaltov Miriam to you and all of your wonderful family, bli eyin haraa.

Risa Tzohar said...

Mazal tove Miriam and Avraham, lots more good years together and much nachess from the children and grandchildren!

Ruti Mizrachi said...

What a beautiful little slice-of-history post, Miriam! I didn't know that shuls throughout the world were so in touch with Israel in those days that they would not allow weddings during the war. I can't imagine that sensitivity and connectedness today, no matter how "unbreakable is the bond between Israel and her allies." And what a bittersweet start your dear parents had.

Mazal tov to you and Avraham. May you share many more anniversaries, in good health and happiness.

Unknown said...

Wow Mazal Tov. Such a Milestone may you both enjoy Chaim Aruchim with much love and joy for you both.

Cheryll said...

Mazel Tov to you and Avraham on 46 years of marriage, and on your beautiful family. I very much enjoyed your latest blog.


Phyllis said...

Mazel Tov and all the best on your 46th anniversary. May you celebrate many many more happy and healthy years together. Wow - we're all getting up there. Have a great year continuing to enjoy each other, your children and grandchildren.

Phyllis & Barry

fayge said...

Beautiful Story!! Beautiful bride and groom and beautiful couplej!!
Mazel Tov and may you have much more nachos and bruchas together!
I was thinking when you mentioned the six day war. I was living in NYC and remembered the miracles that were reported from the many Rabbis in various shuls!! Mazel Tov to you and Avraham! You blog made me think about my parents as well. Married in a Rabbi's study after WWII, my father was in India for 4 years, came home in 1946; I was born in 1947...I was the oldest daughter so I also had an extravaganza! Thank you for sharing

Jack and Shirley said...

Miriam and Avraham

We wish you Mazal Tov & hope you will be blessed to enjoy many
more Anniversaries in Good Health together with all the members of your
With all our love & best wishes,

Shirley & Jack.

Bubby Judi said...

Amen! Amen! Amen! and MAZAL TOV!!!