Royal Wedding Shows Jews Are Proud of Both Britain and Israel
As a volunteer secretary for marriages for more than 12 years, you would forgive any cynicism about yesterday’s Royal Wedding. But I loved every delicious moment of it – and more!
During my term in office at the synagogue of which I was a member in North Manchester, U.K., I saw brides and their grooms of all types and backgrounds from the elegantly tulled and twirled to the shambolic in denim and flip-flops; to the sometimes converted - once even the transgendered - and finally a couple, who like the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had previously lived together - but upset the presiding rabbi by including their daughter as a bridesmaid!
I guess this type of behaviour is something that the relaxed, informal and under-stated young royals would never consider as their noble station means they even waived the traditional kiss at the altar in Westminster Abbey in favour of two much later before the massed crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
But the look Prince William gave Catherine as she took her vows spoke volumes. It was not covetous but adoring. Simply the mark of genuine love.
Mr Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to London, described the event as “spectacular” while ex-pat Anglos in Israel marked the day in different ways.
More than 200 British-born residents of Modi’in sat down to a Sabbath eve street sheva brachot celebration when the seven blessings traditionally recited for a newly married Jewish couple were read. However, the diners ate typical Sabbath fare like chicken and rice rather than the fish, chips or roast beef associated with British food. Each guest also received a commemorative ‘Grace After Meals’ booklet featuring a message from UK Ambassador to Israel, Mr Matthew Gould.Continued on the next page