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Rochester, MN - Mazel tov! Chasidic Jewish Wedding Is a First For Minnesota

Published on: July 27, 2010 04:19 PM
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The Groom Yossi Schlass, Center, of Jerusalem, walking down to the Chupah in a Hasidic Jewish ceremony Monday in the Peace Plaza. The Groom Yossi Schlass, Center, of Jerusalem, walking down to the Chupah in a Hasidic Jewish ceremony Monday in the Peace Plaza.

Rochester, MN - What was believed to be Rochester’s first Hasidic Jewish wedding Monday brought centuries-old religious traditions to Peace Plaza, where Doba Greene of Rochester and Yossi Schlass of Jerusalem were married.

Guests were given a booklet, described as “our playbill of sorts,” to help explain the customs, and anyone who happened to pass by was welcome to stay and watch.

“A Jewish wedding in Rochester is rare, but an orthodox, traditional, Hasidic wedding hasn’t been done,” said the father of the bride, Rabbi Dovid Greene, co-director of Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester. “Our goal was to make each stage of the wedding both understandable and meaningful, as each ritual is filled with so much significance.”

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The wedding was held outdoors as a symbol of God’s promise to Abraham that his children would multiply like “the stars of heaven.”

The Peace Plaza, which has been rented for weddings before, proved to be the perfect location, not only for its proximity to the Kahler Hotel, where the reception for 300 was held, but also because people of all races and religions pass through.

“It’s nice for people to see a Hasidic ritual,” said Doba Greene, 21, who said her family was sent to Rochester by a rabbi to serve Jews who come to the city for medical treatment and the wider community.

It’s tradition that the bride and groom don’t see one another for a week before the wedding, but Greene and Schlass, who owns a pizza shop in Israel, where the couple plan to live, haven’t seen each other since they were engaged in May.

The couple was reunited just before the wedding ceremony when Schlass placed a white veil made from cloth passed down through generations over Greene’s face. The veil has several meanings, including that her husband is not solely interested in her physical beauty, but her inner beauty as well. It also provides the bride with privacy at this propitious time of her life.

The ceremony ended with the groom stepping on a wine glass in remembrance of the destruction of Jerusalem and its Holy Temple. With that the guests began to clap and sing.

“Everybody should get up and dance,” the rabbi told the crowd. “It’s not a request. It’s an obligation.”

A fast-paced song began to play and Greene removed her veil, revealing a wide smile as she hugged her family and friends.

“It’s always fun to see a wedding,” said Lindy Phannestiel of Colorado, who was among the passers-by who stopped to watch the ceremony. “It reminds you of your own.”

“It’s great that they did this in a public place,” said her husband, Eric Phannestiel. “So the public can celebrate with them.”


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 Jul 27, 2010 at 04:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Nonsense, jews and frum jews have lived in rochester for over 100 years. Every year there are frum weddings that take place there every year, and im sure there were even "chassidic" ones in years past. Its definitly not the "first for rochester".

It doesn't seem to me that this is much different than a regular frum wedding, so aside from it being outside in downtown rochester, I don't understand why VIN is reporting on it.

Is VIN going to give updates from every wedding in the usa now? Please let us know.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 04:31 PM Rochester, NY Says:

Its realy Rochester, mn

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 04:56 PM Rabbi Greene your the best!!! Says:

I am so happy for the Chossen and Kallah. The Greene's made it possible for me to stay at the Mayo Clinic for 10 days. They fed me gave me and place to daven and show the true definition of hachnasas Orchim and Bikur Cholim. Everyone should support this Chabad house. Mazal Tov!
Shaya Gold

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 05:15 PM postville Says:

mazal tov!
great family, i know the rabbi & wife and they are there to spread judaism & to help any jewish person regardless of their color & backround.

tnx

from a postville friend !!

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 05:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Nonsense, jews and frum jews have lived in rochester for over 100 years. Every year there are frum weddings that take place there every year, and im sure there were even "chassidic" ones in years past. Its definitly not the "first for rochester".

It doesn't seem to me that this is much different than a regular frum wedding, so aside from it being outside in downtown rochester, I don't understand why VIN is reporting on it.

Is VIN going to give updates from every wedding in the usa now? Please let us know.

Nothing like a little heimishe Jewish warmth and wishing the couple Mazel Tov.

Mazel Tov Choson and Kallah!

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 05:41 PM Bareney Says:

(reply to #1) so cynical. In any case Mazal Tov to the Green & Schloss families!

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 05:48 PM number 1 Says:

If you would have bothered reading the article you would have seen that it was in Rochester, MN not Rochester, NY. I doubt there are frum people living there other than Chabad.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 06:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Nonsense, jews and frum jews have lived in rochester for over 100 years. Every year there are frum weddings that take place there every year, and im sure there were even "chassidic" ones in years past. Its definitly not the "first for rochester".

It doesn't seem to me that this is much different than a regular frum wedding, so aside from it being outside in downtown rochester, I don't understand why VIN is reporting on it.

Is VIN going to give updates from every wedding in the usa now? Please let us know.

Its rochester minnesota not rochester new york

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 06:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Nonsense, jews and frum jews have lived in rochester for over 100 years. Every year there are frum weddings that take place there every year, and im sure there were even "chassidic" ones in years past. Its definitly not the "first for rochester".

It doesn't seem to me that this is much different than a regular frum wedding, so aside from it being outside in downtown rochester, I don't understand why VIN is reporting on it.

Is VIN going to give updates from every wedding in the usa now? Please let us know.

Why are you such a cynic and negative about this wonderful news story. The father of the kalah, Rav Dovid Greene is a great tzadik and talmid chacham and among the leading lubavitch chassidim in North America. Mazel tov the chassan and kalah and please keep on reporting such great event for chassidus and klal yisroel.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 06:49 PM Anonymous Says:

The true chesed in rochester, MN is actually done by a couple, Dr. & Mrs Kriger, who do tremendous chesed while shunning publicity.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 06:50 PM Anonymous Says:

And please don't forget a hearty Mazaltov to the Berel Raskin families too!

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 09:18 PM daddy daddy Says:

#1 really really mustv'e thought the article meant Rochester. At first I also thought so, as Rochester NY is so well known versus Rochester, Minn. Obviously a very interesting tidbit from the local paper in that city. Skoach Vin :)

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 09:45 PM cool masmid Says:

While not in anyway criticising anyone directly, I'm of the opinion(and I'm sure some will agree) that we don't have to do everything outdoors for anyone and everyone to see and hear what's going on. A wedding does not belong outside for all the goyim to be part of, I think it compromises a little on tznius. The goyim don't need to see and read what an orthodox wedding looks like, its really none of their business. Again I think it was wrong to make this a public spectacle.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:00 PM moshe der g Says:

Mazal tov mazal tov
To rabbi and rebetzin greene
The wedding was amazing the chupah out door at the peavce plaza was wonderful I saw people looking out from all the windows

And may hashem bless the young couple to build a. Ayis neemon in the jewish and chssidic ways of life and raise children and grandchildren in the ways of torah

And do chesed as their parents from both sides do dovid and chanie in rochester and the shlass at the kosel

And may we all merit the ultimate kindness with moshiach now

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Rochester, Minnesota – the first Chasidic wedding, and one of the first Frum weddings to take place there!!

WOW!!!

Kidush Hashem!

Moshiach Now!

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Rabbi Dovid And Rebitzin Chani Green, Shluchim (emissary's) of The Lubavitcher Rebbe to Rochester, Minnesota.
They live there with MesiRut Nefesh to help other Yidden.
They were zoche to raise Frum Chsiddic Children in this Dessert of Yidishkeit! And to make the first Chasidic wedding!
What a GREAT Kiddush Hashem!

Please Hashem – send Moshiach Now!!!

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:09 PM Anonymous Says:

thank G-d that there are pepole folowing the footsteps of Reb Dovid And Chani Green and are ALSO doing Chesed in Rochester.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:14 PM Pesach 2001 Says:

I had the zechus to join the Greene's for Pesach and ate with them 1 shabbos, they deserve to acknowledged for their gret work and of course Jonathan the driver

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:17 PM Rochester, MN Says:

rabbi Greene is a real tsadik

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
number 1 Says:

If you would have bothered reading the article you would have seen that it was in Rochester, MN not Rochester, NY. I doubt there are frum people living there other than Chabad.

He can't help it. Most New Yorkers aren't aware there is something called Minnesota. Nothing is west of NY state.

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 01:36 AM cool masmid Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Rochester, Minnesota – the first Chasidic wedding, and one of the first Frum weddings to take place there!!

WOW!!!

Kidush Hashem!

Moshiach Now!

Why is every story on VIN a Kiddush H-shem? What Kiddush H-shem? Their acts of chesed are without a doubt a huge Kiddush H-shem, but a wedding for all the goyim to watch- I don't there is any kiddush H-shem at all, if anything it was wrong.

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 09:16 AM to cool masmid Says:

cool masmid...every lubavitcher chuppa takes place outdoors. that's the minhag...even in a blizzard, we get married outside, it has nothing to do with making the chuppa a public spectacle, it's just the minhag.

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 09:35 AM shtam me Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

He can't help it. Most New Yorkers aren't aware there is something called Minnesota. Nothing is west of NY state.

LOL very funny - yup so true.
hey cool masmid what's your problem? Chabad does this to wake up sparks and yidden in need. No other reason soooo give it up or try to remember that, maybe?

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 09:43 AM Anonymous Says:

to # 21
Jewish custom teaches us to make a chupa outside. Over the years, Jewish events made in public have drawn many unassociated Jews to their source, Judaism. the approach of making events away from the public eye stems from an insecure feeling in Jewish pride.

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 09:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
cool masmid Says:

Why is every story on VIN a Kiddush H-shem? What Kiddush H-shem? Their acts of chesed are without a doubt a huge Kiddush H-shem, but a wedding for all the goyim to watch- I don't there is any kiddush H-shem at all, if anything it was wrong.

Maybe just maybe a jew walked by and saw the wedding and it aroused their yiddishe neshoma and they learnt more or become interested in torah and mitzvos. Oh if we could only see the good in others.

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM cool masmid Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

Maybe just maybe a jew walked by and saw the wedding and it aroused their yiddishe neshoma and they learnt more or become interested in torah and mitzvos. Oh if we could only see the good in others.

Just to respond to you and the other posts. As far as making weddings outdoors I'm all for it and I was not suggesting otherwise. My point was to make it not outside a Shul or outside a wedding hall but I a square for the simple reason of attracting everyone I think is wrong. And as far as your comment of maybe somebody who is not religious would by chance walk by and be 'warmed up' as you suggest, why not do everything outside then, davening, learning and seudos Shabbos. So that's not a reason to do it outside. Bottom line it was no place for a jewish wedding.

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