The Wedding of the Year (4 Belzer Videos)

The Wedding of the Year (4 Belzer Videos)

Last night, Josh and I (and about 25,000 others) attended the religious world’s wedding of the year…The marriage of the Belzer Rebbe’s oldest grandson, 18-year-old Shalom Rokach and his bride, 19-year-old Chana Batya Panet of Bnei Brak.

Rabbi Aharon Vind explained to Ynet “This wedding is unique because no Belzer rebbe has celebrated a grandchild’s wedding since before the Shoah. And this wedding and this crowd, these tens of thousands of people, this is the victory against the Germans, the Nazis, yemach shmam. This shows what Hashem did for the Jewish people… Because the Nazis wanted to wipe out the entire Jewish nation, but as it says “וכאשר יענו אותו, כן ירבה וכן יפרוץ” “But as much as they would afflict them, so did they multiply and so did they gain strength.” (Exodus 1:12). And this is what Hashem wants to show to the entire world.

The bride walking around the groom (the groom’s mother–the Rebbe’s daughter-in-law is walking on the inside and the bride’s mother is on the outside).

Highlights from the Chuppah- I especially loved the kids in their “mazal tov” hats

Highlights from the men’s meal after the wedding (the men were in Kiryat Belz in a humongous structure built in the courtyard of the main Belzer Shul)

The Belzer Rebbe dancing with HaRav Ovadia Yosef- I loved this! (they start dancing at 9:00, to move the video forward click on the timeline to the time you want).

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2 comments

  1. While i appreciate the amazing and moving historical significance, I freely admit that watching these mass chassidish weddings makes me feel uneasy, especially the mitzva tantz. I just don’t feel like its my religion I’m watching. I’m sure they’d feel the same way if they saw my wedding video!

  2. sheva lazaros

    it’s not our minhag either, the white socks, curly and long peyot and large shtremlech or spodek. (not sure which)
    however, here is the bigger picture.
    my children are the grandchildren of holocaust survivors. my daughter, chaya works as a social worker for elderly survivors, now in their nineties.
    she attended the bris of a great grandson of one of her clients.
    she texted me a photo from the simcha with the caption (her words)
    “take that , Hitler”.
    when I see a simcha like this, the children, grand children and now great grand children with whom Hashem Yisborach has blessed us in his abundant mercies. children born from the remnants, the few surviving Yidden who came out alive (barely) from these flames….there are no adequate words to express these feelings.
    joy, gratitude are such small words. Hebrew has better words.

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