When the checked bounced, the other side wanted to call off the engagement. The young chassan’s cheeks burned a fiery red of shame.
Refael Rothman is engaged to be married but his father is nowhere to be found. Mired in debts of hundreds of thousands of dollars, Mr. Rothman fled the country leaving his family to fend for themselves. With 8 children living at home and debts that they may never be able to pay the Rothmans are not able to make a wedding.
Yet, that is exactly the position in which the Rothman family of Jerusalem finds themselves. The oldest boy still at home, Refael, 19, is engaged to be married in a little more than a month. However, nothing is ready for the wedding. No hall, no food, no clothes for the family – there is no money for anything. “I have nothing for the wedding, not even the most basic needs,” says Refael in a heartbreaking video. Even with working full time, there is not enought to pay for the wedding.
When the Rothmans finally scraped together enough money to buy the kallah the traditional jewelry before the wedding they were overjoyed. Yet, the joy turned into shame when the check bounced. The kallah’s side were so shocked that they considered calling off the wedding. The chassan’s emabarassment is overwhelming.
An emergency fundraising campaign has been set up to help the Rothmans during this difficult time. The merit of making a chassan and kallah happy is a great one, especially in a situation as dire as this one. Those who wish to help Refael get to his wedding with happiness and peace of mind may do so here.