Mazal Tov to Steve & Linda Brizel on the marriage of their daughter Shani to Ari Sendic last night.
I just got back from the wedding and Steve said I can share the simcha with our friends at Beyond BT.
The wedding was at the Rose Castle in Williamsburg. Right before the bedekin, Ari gave a dvar Torah pointing out that the chasson and kallah get mechila (forgiveness for their sins) on their wedding day and all the guests also get a measure of mechila. Steve was on cloud nine, enjoying every moment and he and Linda were beaming as they walked the beautiful bride, Shani, down the aisle.
Ari’s Rebbi from YU REITS where he is currently learning, Rabbi Herschel Schachter was the mesader kiddushin. As you probably know, Rabbi Schachter is also Steve’s Rebbi.
I don’t remember all the kibbudim, but Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills had the first brocha. Rabbi Schonfeld is the founding father of the Kew Gardens Hills frum community and most responsible for establishing it as the accepting place that it is. Rabbi Welcher, our Rav from Ahavas Yisroal had the fourth brocha.
Rabbi Pinchas Stopler, the first executive director of NCSY had the last brocha. After the first dance, I introduced myself to Rabbi Stopler and told him about Beyond BT. He was very interested about the project and asked me about the topics we discussed, and G-d willing we will see guest contributions from him in the future. He is a very warm and thoughtful man and I wished I could spend more time with him.
There were a lot of Rebbeim and Talmidim from YU as well as many people from Kew Gardens Hills since the Sendic’s also live in KGH. It was a very lively crowd. The Rose Castle’s dance floor is very big making it easy for everybody to participate in the Simcha. After the initial dancing with the Chosson and the immediate family we brought Steve in to the friends- of-the-father circle where I and many others got a chance to dance with Steve.
After the first dance the meal was served. Rabbi Welcher and Rabbi Schachter sat next to each other and I jokingly suggested to my friend and teacher, Rabbi Yakov Haber that he ask them to address some of the hashkafa questions that he and I were currently pilpulling about. He replied that Rabbi Schachter is his Rebbi and Rabbi Welcher is his Rav and if he was a few seats closer he would have ask them.
This was the fourth wedding in the last nine days of members of our Shul and another member announced at the wedding that their daughter had just got engaged. It is always wonderful to share in a Simcha with close friends. May we all be zoche to share many simchas together and to grow closer through the sharing of these joyous occasions.