At its best, a wedding is a community event as well as a private event. Friends and family are witnessing the union and promising to be there to help support the couple as they go through the ups and downs of life together. The couple is also acknowledging and embracing the important people in their lives.
When Sam and I got married, we built our ceremony with the help of the wonderful book, The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant. In addition to family members holding the chuppah, we asked family and close friends to write and deliver personal versions of the traditional seven blessings. We wanted to actively involve people in a ceremony that spoke to us and who we were.
But this video (circulating on Facebook and YouTube, of course — thanks to Danny Shapiro for sharing) takes community participation in a marriage to a whole new level!
Watch it. It made me cry.
P.S. I’m not sure how long this video will be available — another version of it was taken down from YouTube a few hours after I posted it because someone was complaining of copyright violations. Boo! Hiss!