Sunday, October 22, 2017

Under the Huppah...

It's Our 11th Wedding Anniversary
Maude & Bob--October 21, 2006
Beth Israel Worship Center
Photo by Patricia Ley

Israel Pilgrimage—2006

There was a grass-roofed shelter
along the Sea of Galilee
which reminded me of a succah
which reminded me of God’s covering over me
which reminded me of the blue and white tallit
I bought yesterday in Tiberias

Once I read an article in The Record
that stated being wrapped in a tallit
is like getting a hug from God
a statement that made me yearn
for a prayer shawl of my own
The very day after the article appeared
Rabbi Jonathan revealed
the newly designed Mizoram tallit to our congregation
with its colorful “Lamb within a Star of David” logo
representing Yeshua, our Jewish Messiah—
I gasped, when I saw it, assuming
one would be mine, my tallit, my hug from God
however, they were only presented to the pastors

which brings me to my marriage to Bob
just sixteen days ago
and that Pastor Steven graciously offered
to lend us his tallit to use as our wedding canopy
He gave us his traditional blue and white striped shawl
but Rabbi Jonathan said we would need a larger one
so Pastor Steven lent us his personal Mizoram tallit—
the very shawl that caused me to gasp, so long ago

Four ministers held up the corners of the prayer shawl
creating a fringed huppah over our heads
So, Bob and I stood under the covering of the Lamb
as we exchanged our marriage vows

At the conclusion of the ceremony
Rabbi Jonathan draped the shawl over our shoulders
wrapping us in a Heavenly hug on our holy wedding day

Maude Carolan Pych

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