Israeli couples are still having weddings despite coronavirus, Israel News Now is finding out.
“We just wanted to be together,” said Nina Abrahams, who recently tied the knot with Amit Bigler after completely changing their wedding plans due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A Chabad rabbi from the suburb of Bourget, Rabbi Chalom Zana, said the newlyweds thought about scheduling the event to another date until he insisted that they should continue anyway.
“I told them it’s a matter of continuity and recommended they do the ceremony as planned, and just postpone the party,” Zana said.
“At first there was some heaviness in the air, but I found it appropriate,” Zana continued. “After all, a rabbi’s job is to explain the procedure to the couple and also the significance of the contract into which they are entering.”
“The fact that the event was at all happening symbolized the Jewish people’s commitment to continuity despite all circumstances.”
Abrahams, 26, and Bigler, 27, got married in Bigler’s uncle’s backyard in the town of Gedera even though the majority of their 70 guest list didn’t make it to the wedding due to the Israeli government temporarily outlawing gatherings of more than 10 people to combat the spread of the virus.
The bride’s mother, Miriam Abrahams, wrote about the experience, saying that the ceremony “was intimate, meaningful and beautiful” in spite of it all.
She added that the couple “have remained calm and positive and turned lemons into limonana!”
Here are some more Israeli couples who said no to postponing their big day because of the government banning any gatherings of more than 10 people:
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