Bride and groom get a big surprise at the Cave of the Patriarchs

by Leah Rosenberg

What a wedding in Hebron sometimes looked like before COVID-19 hit the world. Imagine being greeted with such happiness at the Cave of the Patriarchs!

Cave of the Patriarchs

The Cave of the Patriarchs is a holy site in Judaism. It is where our forefathers and most of our foremothers are buried. And when IDF soldiers saw a bride and groom there, they joined in the celebrations. Why? Because the Jewish people are really one family. They were truly happy for this bride and groom and wanted to dance with them and share in the happiness of their wedding.

A Jewish wedding is a very special occasion. There are so many beautiful aspects to it. The wedding here is definitely not the norm – most people do not have IDF soldiers greeting them and dancing. But, there are definitely fun surprises at Jewish weddings!

Holiness Upon Holiness

In Judaism, a bride and groom are said to have special powers of prayer on their wedding day. A Jew is always considered holy, but there is an idea specifically on the day of one’s wedding that he or she can and should pray for themselves as well as others.

Soldiers in the IDF are especially holy because they are protecting G-d’s people and G-d’s land. They are carrying out G-d’s holy work.

Hebron is holy, specifically the Cave of the Patriarchs.

So, you have a holy bride and a holy groom, holy soldiers dancing with them, and all of this taking place in the holy city of Hebron in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs. Seriously, what can be better?

**Note: This video took place before Coronavirus.

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