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What Will Our Simchas Look Like Post-COVID?

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The following article was written by someone who prefers to remain anonymous, but I think there is much food for thought here. I’m reprinting it below, in the hope that it might lead to further discussion…


By Anonymous

When my husband and I were engaged and started planning our wedding, my father made us a sincere offer: if we preferred to have the money that was going towards paying for a wedding for several hundred people to use as a down payment towards a home, he would gladly give us the cash.

We refused the offer and opted for the wedding.

Turns out that a few years later, we saved enough money for a down payment, and purchased our first home.

But I do sometimes wonder whether we should have taken the money – and skipped the big wedding.

I’ve been thinking about this story more during the last eight months, as many folks have scaled down their weddings and other simchas to include only their family and close friends … or postponed weddings until after the COVID crisis has past, in order to host the elaborate simcha that they had originally planned.

I’ve witnessed a couple of Zoom weddings since March. And the truth is........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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