By COLlive reporter
It has been decades since a Chuppah stood under the skies of Lubavitch – the village in the Smolensk Oblast of Russia that is – and a Jewish wedding was held according to halacha.
That rare occasion happened this week when Moshe Yishai Vitenberg gave a ring to Ofra Finogenova and smashed a glass cup with his shoe.
Vitenberg is a former student in the Yeshiva of Chabad Rabbi Tzvi Kaplan in Kiev and today a regular of Chabad in Karlsruhe, Germany, directed by Rabbi Mordechai Mendelson.
The Kallah is a former student of Rabbi Yeshaya Geiser and an active member of the Jewish community in Smolensk, headed by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Mondshein.
Being is such close proximity to the village which was the former headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch and home to the Rebbes, the couple decided to hold their wedding there.
Family and friends came from far and near to partake in the wedding at the courtyard of the Lubavitch Museum – a Chabad-owned building that showcases the local history.
Mondshein’s son Menachem Mendel played the traditional niggun Daled Bavos as the couple was led to the Chuppah.
The crowd danced with joy that reenacted the former life in the shtetle,” Rabbi Mondshein told COLlive.com.