A Precious Wedding Gift

A bride's selfless act teaches us how to be a blessing to the world.

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Comments (9)

(8) M.L., March 16, 2017 1:31 AM

VERY INSPIRATIONAL

(7) Ellie, March 7, 2017 6:23 PM

This was just beautiful. My family and I watch each of these inspirational Aish videos when a new one comes out and this one was our favorite so far! (Each one gets better) Thank you for this excellent website and for uplifting us all

(6) Moshe Heimowitz, March 7, 2017 2:49 AM

When people are willing to forgo, everyone wins!

Yasher Koach

(5) gittle, March 6, 2017 7:28 AM

video is missing a major part of the story

This story appears in one of Rabbi Paysach Krohn's books. He thoroughly researches every story he writes. A key element of the story is missing in your video. The bride who gave away the larger hall was inspired by the deeds of our matriarch Rachel. The bride went to the synagogue the Shabbos before her wedding day and listened to the weekly Torah reading of Parshas Vayaitzay. When she was reminded how Rachel gave up her husband to Yaakov, exhibiting the honorable trait of vatrunus, giving in willingly to others, she was inspired to do the same and give up the hall she had reserved to the other bride who wanted it so badly. Without this point, I feel that your video is lacking the 'soul' of the story and missing out on teaching an important lesson.

(4) Jennifer, March 5, 2017 9:10 PM

Wonderful Example

This was a wonderful story with a great message. We should all strive to be a blessing wherever and whenever we can. Even though it shouldn't be our goal; we are blessed in return when we are a blessing to others.

(3) Jewish Mom, March 5, 2017 6:41 PM

Renana's main reward is eternal

I'd just like to point out that we state each morning in 'Eilu devarim' (recited after birkot haTorah) that while we're paid 'interest' for deeds of kindness in this world, the main reward - the 'principle' - awaits us in the afterlife, which is the life of souls after the physical death of the body. With that in mind, Renana's main reward is not her all-expenses-paid wedding and not even the pleasure of self-sacrifice for the happiness of another bride - that's just the interest. Her principle reward is her closer, more sublime relationship with G-d that she created through her kindness. It will be with her for all eternity because she acted in a G-dly way and therefore she became more G-d-like.

(2) Anonymous, March 5, 2017 3:49 PM

I heard this story a bit differently from Rabbi Pesaych Krohn

Rabbi Krohn told this story in Jerusalem a few years ago. He added the very important fact that the bride who originally had the bigger hall went to shul that Shabbos, after being asked to switch halls, and heard the parsha of Rachel Imenu being "mivater" -- giving in -- to her older sister Leah Imenu by giving her the signs (simanim) so that she would not be embarrassed on her wedding night with Yaakov. The bride who originally had the bigger hall took the message of Rachel to heart, and gave the bigger hall to the other bride.

(1) Joseph Apicella, March 5, 2017 2:15 PM

Good Deed brings Blessing

My Grandfather would go to the Fulton Fish Market with horse and wagon. On the way he would help a Jewish women with a pail and give her a ride. My grandfather was not Jewish and this women was picking up some kosher fish for her family. To my father this meant he had to go to the back of the wagon and he remembered the smell of the horse blankets used to keep warm. My father remembers the words of the women , "May your family always have money." The business was very successful. I am in debt to a good deed done long ago.

ilene, March 5, 2017 10:19 PM

lovely

What a touching story. Thank you Joseph for sharing. LOVE trumps Hate.

 

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