An Inspiring Couple

There’s a Jewish folk tale about an artist searching for the most beautiful scene in the world to paint. He leaves his wife and children to travel to far away lands in search of his inspiring scene. After a year of searching with no success, he reluctantly decides he must return home. He approaches his house  as the sun is setting and he sees his wife and children in the window  with their faces glowing from the light of the Shabbat candles. The artist realizes, at that moment, that  the most beautiful scene in the world was right in front of him.

This past weekend our family had the  great pleasure of all being together to celebrate my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary. The weekend started with my Mother lighting Shabbat candles surrounded by her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. She used her Mother’s candle sticks which had been passed on to her. It really was the most beautiful scene in the world; a scene that ,as I  grow older, becomes even more precious and appreciated.

So what kind of a gift do you give to someone married 60 years? An anniversary ketubah , of course ! A simple elegant  paper cut filled with Jewish symbols. There are 18 pomegranates( the symbol for joy and Jewish tradition),the crown of a good name, and blessing hands offering Divine protection. The ketubah text  contained the Hebrew and English date of their marriage,their Hebrew names and renewed the promises of the vows they took 60 years ago in Akron, Ohio.

It was an inspiring weekend,celebrating an inspiring couple and we are  all so grateful to have such a blessing in our lives.


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