LARNACA, Cyprus — A series of providential occurrences culminated last month in a traditional Jewish wedding on the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus.
Every year, many Israelis make the short trip by air to Cyprus in order to elope and circumvent their country’s legal sanctions on weddings that stipulate that all marital unions occur according to the dictates of Jewish law.
But according to presiding Rabbi Arie Zeev Raskin, director of the Cyprus Jewish Community Centre in Larnaca, the Nov. 29 wedding of Chaim and Segal Harrari was the country’s first-ever traditional ceremony – adhering to all of Judaism’s strictures – that he knows of. He bought the chuppah used for the wedding just six month ago, although he had no idea it would ever be used.
“I bought it just in case,” he revealed.
A Chabad House regular in Larnaca, businessman Chaim Harari met his bride during a visit to Israel. Right before then, he said, he had a quiet moment with G-d on the occasion of his first marriage’s dissolution.