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One year later: Finding hope in a Covid simcha

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March 3, 2021

My first wedding. In over six months. Second in a year. Two SAR graduates. During our “anniversary week”.

One year ago today, on March 3, we closed the school for what became the rest of the year. At the time, people thought it was a “SAR, New Rochelle” thing. It took a few weeks to become clear that this was bigger and a few more to realize that it was not ending any time soon. Remember when we thought Pesach would be normal? We looked forward to the summer?

So what did simcha today feel like?

Strange. Different. Bold. Sad. HOPEFUL.

Strange. I haven’t worn a tie in a year. It felt as if everyone was out of practice. We didn’t hug or shake hands. Monogrammed masks and sanitizers were handed out. Some people were seated at a table for two; no table had more than six. The chuppah was outdoors in a tent, despite the cold and wet weather. Half of the guests sat there for the meal, where the adapted dancing took place as well. Some close relatives were not able........

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