Our Rabbi & Weddings

Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed related: In our Rabbi's view, it was important that the students of the Yeshiva have their "Aufruf" (the Shabbat before the wedding) in the Yeshiva, since he said that this joy is for the young man and his friends in the Yeshiva. My father’s "Aufruf," therefore, was in the Yeshiva, even though the family preferred that it would be where they lived in Tel Aviv. (Rav Eliezer Melamed in newspaper "Be-Sheva")

Our Rabbi would make a great effort to attend his students’ weddings. When he was unable to attend, he was careful to send a telegram with a blessing. (Rav Eliezer Melamed in newspaper "Be-Sheva")

Our Rabbi was particular that one should not write the Christian date, and when he was invited to a wedding and the Christian date appeared on the invitation, he would not attend the wedding. (Gadol Shimushah p. 91 #31)

It once happened that our Rabbi was called up to recite one of the blessings at a wedding and they referred to him as "Ha-Rav Ha-Gaon." He did not move. When he was told that he had been called up, he explained that he is not a "Gaon" and that it is only proper to use this description for the Vilna Gaon. (Ha-Rav Yechezkel Greenwald)

Our Rabbi related: "A student of our Yeshiva approached me. I said to him: 'At first I did not recognize you.' He was wearing the army uniform. You know that I relate to this uniform in holiness. A lovely and precious man, full of G-d-fearing and holiness was approaching, and he was wearing an army uniform. At that time I mentioned what I said at one wedding [of Ha-Rav She’ar Yashuv Cohain], when the groom came dressed in an army uniform. There were some who were pointing one that it is inappropriate for a groom to stand under the chuppah with an army uniform. In Yerushalayim, the Holy City, it was customary that they came with Shabbat clothing, holy clothing, like a streimel. I will tell you the truth. I do not know if the holiness of the streimel is one-hundred percent clear. It was made holy after the fact. Many righteous and holy Geonim (great rabbis) wore it. There is certainly so much trembling of holiness before them, and we are dirt under the souls of their feet, and on account of this fact, the streimel was made holy. Also Yiddish, the language of Exile, was made holy because of its great use in words of holiness. But from the outset - it is not so certain. In comparison, the holiness of the army uniform in Israel is fundamental and essential. (Sichot Rabbenu, Yom Ha-Atzmaut 5727, Mizmor 19 of Medinat Yisrael, pg. 76 #11).