Only in Israel: Radio Host Rescues a Southern Chuppah


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(file photo) Jewish bride and groom stand under the chuppah (this is a canopy traditionally used in Jewish weddings) while the bride drinks wine from the kiddush cup. There are many laws and traditions associated with the wedding itself. A Jewish wedding is one of the cornerstones of the Jewish life cycle and as with all religions, is a great cause for celebration. August 13, 2008.

Israelis are deeply sensitive people, and among their finest qualities is the true love they have for weddings, especially Jewish weddings.

Moshe Klausner, listening to the country’s public broadcasting radio station, Kann Reshet Bet, later reported in a post on Facebook that a bride from Asheklon named Efrat was being interviewed about her upcoming nuptials, and how the event was being impacted by the day’s events.


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The radio hosts on the program told the bride that IDF Home Front Command has prohibited gatherings of 100 or more people anywhere from Israel’s southern border with Gaza, all the way north to Tel Aviv, due to the current security situation.

Deeply upset, the bride began to cry, realizing that her wedding would need to be postponed.

That’s when one of the radio hosts (possibly Kalman Liebskind) offered to help her find a venue in a safer location, in an area where IDF Home Front Command has not placed restrictions on large gatherings (eg. north of Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem area).

On air, the host announced the radio station’s number, plus that of his own personal cell phone, in order for people to call him with possibilities for a new wedding venue.

Within seconds, calls starting coming to his cell phone — while he was still on air.

It has since been reported that a venue was found, and the wedding is taking place as previously scheduled, albeit in the new location.

“Only in Israel,” even under rocket fire.


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