Sunday, August 21, 2005

Good News from Israel!

This according to a small snippet on page 12 of Friday's Yediot Acharonot, which I will do my best to translate here:

Windsurfer Gal Friedman, 29, winner of an Olympic gold medal, got married last night to his girlfriend of nine years, Michal Peleg, 25, a student at the Academy of Education and [some word Sarah doesn't understand] in Haifa, and a member of Kibbutz Sedot-Yam. The ceremony took place on the fields of "On the Sea" in Sedot-Yam, and at the conclusion of the Huppah they lit [something Sarah doesn't understand; maybe fireworks?] over the sea. "Eli, Eli, shelo yigamer li-olam," read the Rabbi under the Huppah, as goes the song written by Hannah Senesh, who was a member of the kibbutz . . .

For those who don't know it, the song by Hannah Senesh goes "My Lord, my Lord, I pray that these things never end: the sand and the sea, the rush of the waters…. the prayers of Man." Very fitting for the sea-side wedding ceremony of a windsurfer and his lovely bride. And of course, there is the well-known coincidence that his name, Gal, means "wave" in Hebrew.

Mazal tov, Gal and Michal! May you enjoy many years of happiness together!

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