Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A wedding in Jerusalem

We went to a wedding yesterday. It was beautiful, tasteful but not ostentatious.  It was lively, joyous and holy.  What a wonderful way to start a new life together.  I love weddings, the radiance, the purity, the unbridled exhuberance and joy.  But it is even more special to go to a wedding in Jerusalem for besides everything else, it's a fullfillment of the Biblical prophecy that again in the cities of Yehuda and the streets of Yerushalaim, the sounds of joy and happiness will be heard, the voice of the groom and the bride.  May we witness the fullfillment of this prophecy in most awesome and complete way possible.
As an aside, I had an idea, that the wedding theme could make a great unit study, when my kids recognized some of the classical pieces that they heard while the food was being served. So here are some ideas, I am sure you can think of more. You could learn about music, musical instruments, flowers, flower arranging, fabric, clothing design, photography, create monograms or illuminated letters for a project, or create a wedding keepsake for someone you know, make a mock wedding, take pictures, sing wedding songs, dance, for math you can figure out wedding expenses, budgets, count how many tables, chairs you'll need, how many guests will come, obviously you can learn about the significance of various wedding rituals and prayers, compare customs from different parts of the world, ashkenazi, sephardi,etc.  My kids had a wonderful time at the wedding,  I am sure they'll be playing wedding and discussing all the details for a long time.  Weddings like everything else turned out to be quite educational:)
Here is the song I was talking about above.


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