By Sruli Schochet
Today I participated in the wedding celebration of my nephew Levi Vogel, to Sabrina Harari. Levi is my father’s first grandchild and he was especially close with him. No matter where life took Levi, my father always stayed in close touch with him. It was his fervent wish to see Levi get married, but alas that was not to be. While he merited to see two of Levi’s younger brothers get married before him, he passed away 3 years ago and did not get to see his oldest grandson walk down the chupah.
When Levi got engaged, everyone wistfully commented how while of course Zaidy is ‘with us’, it would have been so nice if he could have actually been here in person to see it.
My sister traveled to my father’s grave site 2 weeks prior to the wedding to daven there. One of the things she davened for was that if he can, he should send a sign that he is at the wedding. She concluded her prayers and went back home to complete the final preparation for the wedding.
Fast forward two weeks. I am standing at the chupah and the kiddushin have just been completed and the ketubah is being read. My phone buzzes and I instinctively reach for it. I see an email from my cousin, Rabbi Eliyahu Kramer, a Chabad Shliach in the Ukraine. He emails me every year on my birthday and as it turns out, today is my Hebrew birthday. He has no idea that I am at a wedding or even who is getting married. He concludes the email saying that he came across a nice link to a new Rebbe picture that was just released by JEM a few days ago.
I click on the link and my jaw drops. It’s a picture of my father walking by the Rebbe for kos shel brachah….holding a 4 year old Levi in his arms!
The picture is both stunning and telling at the same time. We always talk about believing that the grandparents are with us. But seeing a sign like that during the actual chupah sent chills down my spine.
Needless to say, my sister was ecstatic to have received an answer to her prayer.
May all our prayers be answered, especially the ultimate prayer, reuniting us with all our loved ones, with the coming of Moshiach speedily, Amen!
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