So wonderful news is that one of my daughters is getting married, please G-d, at the end of the month.
Today, we had a celebration in synagogue called an Aufruf, where the groom is called to the Torah and makes the blessing and then we all throw candies (we chose bags of chocolates).
After the services, we had a kiddush luncheon and it was really nice to see everyone from the community sharing in this wonderful Simcha with us.
But something happened towards the end of the services that had a really big impact on me...in fact, I can't stop thinking about it--I need to write it down.
As services concluded and we were leaving the sanctuary, this beautiful innocent little girl came right up to my daughter--sort of out of nowhere and without her parents--and wished her Mazel Tov.
There was something about her and the way she did it with such sincerity--I literally couldn't have been more touched.
It was almost like this child was some sort of angel--I mean it!
The child's eyes and facial expression had an innocence like I have never quite seen before.
All I could do was marvel at this child and how she came up all by herself with this incredible pureness of heart that I can't fully explain to wish the bride and groom well.
Then I found my words to say thank you and wish her that in a "few" years she would be getting happily married too, G-d willing.
I think I will always remember the piecing innocent eyes of this child and how she was like an angel visiting us on this special occasion today. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)