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Jerusalem - Family-Only Chupah Held For Sara Litman And Chosson; Gala Million Person Wedding To Be Held In Jerusalem Tonight (video)

Published on: November 26, 2015 02:24 PM
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Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Jerusalem - Just over one week ago, Sara Litman, who lost her father and brother in a terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Otniel, invited the entire Jewish community to her wedding.  Today, Litman and her choson, Ariel Beigel, will be celebrating their wedding at a massive event in Binyanei Hauma, with thousands of friends, relatives and total strangers expected to share in the simcha starting at 10:30 PM tonight.

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As previously reported on VIN News, Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel were on their way to Beigel’s Shabbat Chatan when they were killed by terrorists on November 13th.  Just four days later, on the day that her wedding had been scheduled to take place, 21 year old Sara Litman announced defiantly that the family would not be crushed by terrorists, but instead, would be joined in their happiness by the Jewish nation at what they called “the million-person wedding.”

Israeli news site Walla reported that Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, head of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav Kook officiated at the chupah, which was attended only by family members.  Sheva Brachos were said by both of the kallah’s grandfathers, Rabbi David Lau, Ashkenazic chief rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, chief rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Ohr Eztion and Rabbi Dov Lior, former chief rabbi of Chevron, according to Arutz Sheva.  A table adorned with two burning pillar candles and white flower petals held smiling pictures of both Rabbi Ltiman and his son Netanel.

Jews from all over the world have flown in for tonight’s festivities, with a Chabad shaliach from Australia coming to the wedding, bearing a gift from his community for the young couple.  A statement released today by MK Dov Lipman announced that a delegation of 12 people flew in from Montreal to attend the wedding, after Rabbi Mark Fishman announced to his followers at Congregation Beth Tikvah that he would be going to Israel for the celebration and invited everyone to join him.  Among those who took Rabbi Fishman up on his invitation were a couple who had been saving money to renovate their basement, but decided to use those funds to attend the wedding instead.

“We can redo our basement another time,” explained the couple.

At least seven Chabad houses and campus centers worldwide raffled off tickets to send emissaries to the wedding.  The website OnlySimchas raised over $15,000 as a wedding gift to the couple in a crowdfunding campaign and a fund set up in Israel by Rabbi Yitzhak Neriah, head of Jerusalem’s Yeshiva Torah B’Tzion, received almost 89,000 NIS in donations for the chosson and kallah.

“The couple themselves invited all of the nation of Israel,” said Rabbi Neriah.  “Those who will come, they will be welcome. Those who won’t, they can bring a gift.”

Aharon Rigler, uncle of the kallah explained that the wedding is bittersweet for family members.

“The hugs and the warmth that the couple have been receiving have buoyed them to come to this wedding with happiness. Reb Yaakov and his son Netanel will be missed and the ache will be with us forever but the simcha of establishing a new family will overpower the sadness during these moments.  As Sara said at the levaya, the knowledge and the feeling that they will be watching from above and sharing in the simcha gives everyone the strength to endure the loss and to rejoice.”

After the attack, Beigel said that he and his kallah will not let terrorists prevent them for forging ahead.

“We won’t let them stop our lives,” said Rigler.  “We will continue. We will get married. We will bring happiness to the family. We will build a Jewish home and we will continue the direction that they started but we cannot just stop. We must continue living.”

Sarah Litman dances with friends and family during the celebration of her wedding with Ariel Biegel, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)Sarah Litman dances with friends and family during the celebration of her wedding with Ariel Biegel, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)
Thousands of Israelis wait to enter the wedding party of Sarah Litman and Ariel Biegel, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)Thousands of Israelis wait to enter the wedding party of Sarah Litman and Ariel Biegel, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)
The Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu, poses for a photo with mother and sister of the bride, Sarah Litman, during their wedding party, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)The Prime Minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, poses for a photo with mother and sister of the bride, Sarah Litman, during their wedding party, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)
The Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu, greets the bride, Sarah Litman, during Litman's and Ariel Biegel's wedding party, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)The Prime Minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, greets the bride, Sarah Litman, during Litman’s and Ariel Biegel’s wedding party, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)
Sarah Litman and Ariel Biegel, celebrate after their wedding ceremony, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)Sarah Litman and Ariel Biegel, celebrate after their wedding ceremony, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)
Thousands attend the wedding ceremony of Sarah Litman and Ariel Biegel, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)Thousands attend the wedding ceremony of Sarah Litman and Ariel Biegel, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists two weeks before on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. The young couple decided to invite all of the people of Israel to celebrate their marriage. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the wedding of Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, November 26, 2015. Father and brother of Sarah Litman where murdered by an Arab terrorists on November 14, 2015, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration. (Credit: Flash90)

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 Nov 26, 2015 at 02:32 PM Benny Says:

May you build a Bais neemon b'Isroel!
This is going to be the real nekoma to the terrorists - you should build a big and happy family!

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 Nov 26, 2015 at 03:03 PM monishmo Says:

mazel tov!!!

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 Nov 26, 2015 at 03:27 PM savtat Says:

Great courage.... mazal tov to them and there be only happy times for Klal Yisrael. There were thousands of people at the chupa also... it was streamed live and it was quite something. Even us NYers were able to participate digitally.

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 Nov 26, 2015 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

ומי כעמך ישראל
אשרך ישראל
מזל טוב

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 Nov 26, 2015 at 05:02 PM LionofZion Says:

Such amazing people. Hah, we win! There is no stopping a couple like this.

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 Nov 26, 2015 at 05:07 PM jay Says:

Moshiach is on the way!!

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 Nov 26, 2015 at 08:29 PM BresloverBalHabus Says:

Reply to #6  
jay Says:

Moshiach is on the way!!

They have been saying that for THOUSANDS of years. Pay attention to what our role in this world is and obligations without worrying too much about Mashiach coming soon or later in history.

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 Nov 27, 2015 at 01:31 AM Long-Island-Yid Says:

I saw some of the videos. I saw he put on his talis for the very first time under the chupa and said a shehechiyanu. Never saw that minhag before. Which Kehila has that minhag? It was very nice.

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 Nov 27, 2015 at 11:21 AM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

This is the strenghth of the Am Yisrael. Amazing.

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 Nov 27, 2015 at 11:50 AM albroker Says:

amazing, may there be only Arab suffering from now on.

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 Nov 27, 2015 at 01:32 PM md2205 Says:

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BresloverBalHabus Says:

They have been saying that for THOUSANDS of years. Pay attention to what our role in this world is and obligations without worrying too much about Mashiach coming soon or later in history.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe said the fastest way to bring Moshiach is to learn about Moshiach in the Torah. That would teach you that our entire purpose in this world is to rectify it to the point that Moshiach will come. That is our role in the world. We do that by learning and doing mitzvos, and especially by having in mind that what we are doing is to bring Moshiach.

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