Mazal Tov!


The Jewish People have been invited to the wedding of
Ariel Bigel to Sarah Tichyeh Litman!

Binyanei haUmah, Jerusalem at 10:30 pm tomorrow (Thursday, November 26th, 2015)

Yaakov Litman Hy”d, the kalah’s father, and Netanel Litman Hy”d, her brother, were taken from us by the a terrorist’s hand while on the way to the chasan’s aufruf.

The words gracing the top of the invitation “Hisna’ari! mei’afar qumi!…. Awaken! Rise from the dust…” are part of a longer stretch of Lekha Dodi that have brought tears to my eye every Friday night since the Henkin’s murder on Sukkos, and the Royal City has been living in turmoil.

Sanctuary of the king, royal city, מקדש מלך, עיר מלוכה,
Arise! Leave from the midst of the turmoil! קומי! צאי מתוך ההפכה!
Long enough have you sat in the valley of tears רב לך שבת בעמק הבכא,
And He will take great pity upon you compassionately. והוא יחמול עליך חמלה.
Awaken! Rise from the dust! התנערי! מעפר קומי!
Dress in your garments of splendor — my people. לבשי בגדי תפארתך — עמי.
By the hand of Yishai’s son, the Bethlehemite, על יד בן ישי, בית הלחמי,
Draw near to my soul, her redeemer! קרבה אל נפשי גאלה.
Let’s go, my beloved, to meet the bride… לכה דודי לקראת כלה…

During the day, Yeshivat Ashreinu, where Ezra Schwartz Hy”d was learning, is hosting in his memory learning for boys in “gap year” programs from across the country.

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