Chatunot ve-Yeriyot (Weddings & Shootings)

זה היום הגדול. הערב, הבן הגדול שלי מתחתן לבחורה נפלאה ממשפחה נהדרת. אנו בינתיים נשארים אצל האמא של הכלה. כתוב בפרקי אבות: "בן זומא אומר..." איזהו מכובד המכבד את הבריות..." וזה בדיוק מתאר את משפחתו החדשה של בני. אני מודה לרבונו של עולם שהוא מצא את בת זוגו,ממשפחה כזאת.

I had to write in Hebrew. It fits, and acknowledges my new family in our ancient, beautiful language. I thank my parents (may their memory be a blessing) for speaking to me in Hebrew as a very young child, so that I would internalize it and it would be my second mother tongue. But not to worry, my non-Hebrew speaking friends: I will now loosely translate:

Today is the 'big day.' This evening my older son is getting married to a wonderful girl, from a fine family. We are currently staying with the kallah's* mother, at her house in Ashdod. As is written in Ethics of the Fathers, "Ben Zoma says...who is respected? He who respects others..." I thank G-d that my son found the love of his life in such a wonderful girl.
And that describes my son's new family, his machatenim, or in-laws, as they say in Yiddish. No Yiddish here, however; instead, there's Farsi (Parsi=from 'Paras,' or Persia), as the kallah's mother came here as a young girl with her family, from the country now called Iran.

I need to get ready; the kallah and chatan are already in separate places preparing (she is getting her hair done; he is getting a massage to calm him down!)
Yesterday I was sitting here on the back patio, having my cup of coffee, listening to the war going on in Aza (Gaza), about 30-40 kilometers to the south.
That is this reality of this country: always sudden attackes, stone-throwing smashing car windows and injuring civilians, and wars, little ones and big ones--from the multiple enemies surrounding this tiny country, wanting to push it into the sea--and always--thank G-d--chatunot, weddings--and bar and bat mitzvahs and births and celebrations; of new life and continuance.
Because this is our country from time immemorial. And, as HaDag Nachash say in their song, we are here to stay.

Comments

Norma said…
Congratulations on welcoming a new family members. I hope everything went as planned and that they have a long and happy life together.
Lady-Light said…
norma: Thank you, and Amen. I still can't believe I have 3 out of 5 kids married. Am I feeling old? Nope.

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