While we were asked to share the details of what transpired, we realized that what is needed is not the retelling.
What is needed is to focus on the message and what it means to us, to our families, and what should mean to everyone, particularly as we are getting closer to Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur.
And so we briefly share our experience… Upon arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport a couple of days before the Wedding, the chatan was detained by the US Customs and Border Protection for 12 hours, stating that he didn’t have proof that he would live in Brasil, and sent him on a flight back.
The families immediately took action and through the effort of a number of individuals; lawyers, judges, rabbis, diplomats and ambassadors. In the end, we were able to get a new visa in four hours, which normally takes eight months after being deported.
Baruch HaShem, we were able to make the wedding on Erev Shabbat, 18 hours after the originally scheduled time.
I never understood the meaning of the Rebbe’s words; Moshiach is here, we just need to open our eyes. I was able to understand the answer when I was at the Consulate trying to get my new visa in four hours. As I waited, my only Tefila was for a Nes, as I had no other way to accomplish what needed to be done in a humanly manner. I and everyone helping me had already done all that we could.
It says in the Gemara that since the Creation of the World, Hashem is making zivuggim. The Gemara further explains why He does this versus anything else: because it is the most miraculous thing in our world; two opposites given the ability to connect, in other words, a Nes.
My prayer was that if this is what He actually does, that He should please do his part. And this is the response to the question I have always had. If we had in our minds the saying שויתי ה לנגדי תמיד we would be able to see physically that it is how it actually is. If we have true Bitachon in HaShem, then we are able to see in a revealed fashion how He is there for us always.
And this is Moshiach: Gilui Shechina- the Revelation of the Shechina… The only thing we need to do is to believe, trust and put ourselves in His hands. When we do this, we are able to see Him and the good and the miracles that He does for us every day of our lives.
The answer is Hashem. We can clearly see and understand how Areivim Ze LaZe… We are responsible to be there for each other in times of need. How much we can accomplish if we all come together.
We would like to thank everyone who helped us in the process, both in the US and in Brazil. We admire the unity of our communities and Am Yisroel.
We thank the Rebbe, and always, above all, HaShem. We would like to wish everyone Ketiva VeChatima Tova LeShanah Tovah UMetukah
– Rafael and Sarah