Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Thinking About the Orphan Kallah


I was doing a search for ideas for a poster we have just designed regarding our bridal gowns and household items for rent and sale. There are such stunning images related to weddings. So much beauty. So much care. So much extravagance. And yet, the wedding business flourishes and couples the world over spend fortunes on their special day. On the one hand, why not?! It is a day that makes memories and begins the real unity for the start of a new home, the potential of a new family and continuity of another world.

One of the hardest things for someone who is an orphan especially and who comes from a poor home too, is this glamour and beauty is mostly not an option for them. It is not even a question of freedom of choice, lack of funds dictates that beauty and choice do not feature.

If one has a small wedding out of your own desire for a small wedding, that is your decision and you can then be happy with the special day. However, if your wedding is very small only due to others refusing to help you, then you are or can be left with sadness related to a day that should be the happiest of your life. 

This is some of what the Mitzvah of Hachnasat Kallah is all about. Though some say just elope, or just get married at a Beth Din with two witnesses, Torah understands the heart of the Kallah who wants some beauty on her special day. A wedding can be beautiful on a budget too, however, the Kallah does need to have some freedom of choice. This is her special day not the communities and the Mitzvah is there to encourage the community to have compassion and help her to feel special.

Have you stopped to think about the needs of an orphan bride, an orphan Kallah? Are you able to recognize that she has just as much right to a beautiful, joyous day as you do? What are you prepared to do to help make her day special?

I'd love to hear your thoughts as we need your help to move our Bridal Gowns and household items to more suitable space. Are you willing to assist? Are you willing to host a sale, to book a service, to share a crowd fundraiser? If your answer is yes, please do be in touch.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear

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