In Judaism, a person is considered complete only after marriage. For this reason, one of the seven blessings recited at the wedding and the week after is:
Blessed are You Lord our God Ruler of the World, Creator of Humans.
ברוך אתה ה אלקינו מלך העולם יוצר האדם.
There is a Jewish tradition that the earth God used to create Adam was taken from the Temple Mount. Well, so far, this earth has already succeeding in bringing together two couples!!!
The first couple to marry is Yael Stone and Shmuel Kadoshi. Yael and Shmuel are both staff members at the project. Shmuel has been working with us for over a year, and Yael joined us recently. They fell in love immediately.
Some Jewish communities have a tradition where the groom dabs ashes on his forehead at his wedding. The ashes are applied just before breaking the glass and reciting the following verse:
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill.
The ashes are meant to serve as a reminder of the destruction of the Temple The soil from the Temple Mount is characterized by its fine, grayish and dusty texture. This texture is due to the large amount of ashes the soil contains, remnants of the destructions of the First and Second Temples. The level of ashes have colored all the layers of soil that preceded the destructions. and are found all over Jerusalem . Since the beginning of the Sifting Project many couples have chosen to use earth from the Temple Mount to practice this tradition, something that Shmuel and Yael chose to do as well.
The second couple that were joined together by the earth from the Temple Mount are Tzila Reizmovitz and Eran Yaakobi. They were engaged two weeks after Yael and Shmuel and married two weeks ago. Tzila has been working with us since the beggeningof the Project as a registrar. She is considered one of the pillars of the project. Eran has been with us for a year and half , and has become the deputy to Asaf Avraham, the site manager. It took them some time to finally decide to get together, maybe because Tzila’s job doesn’t give her a chance to touch the earth very much.
Jewish tradition relates marriage as rebuilding one of the ruins of Jerusalem. May these two new houses be accompanied with these words from Lecha Dodi:
Temple of the King, Royal City. Arise! Leave from the ruins of the turmoil.