Sarah Techiya Litman and Ariel Beigel married in Jerusalem on Thursday night, having invited the entire world to their wedding, which was postponed after Palestinian terrorists murdered the bride’s father and brother. The couple had said they hoped “multitudes will come to make us happy.”
Litman’s father, Rabbi Yaakov Litman, and 18-year-old brother Netanel were shot dead in a November 13 terrorist attack while driving on Route 60 in the southern West Bank.
Other family members in the car — the mother, a 16-year-old boy and three young girls aged 11, 9 and 5 — were lightly wounded, suffering mostly from bruises and shrapnel injuries.
The family had been headed to a celebration in southern Israel to mark the imminent marriage.
Sarah Techiya and Ariel were due to be married on November 16, just four days after the attack, but the celebration was postponed as the Litman family sat shiva (Jewish mourning period) for Ya’akov and Netanel.
Among the well-wishers on Thursday night was Rabbi Mark Fishman of the Congregation Beth Tikvah in Montreal. The rabbi brought 11 of his congregation from Canada to Israel to join the wedding festivities.
“Instead of mourning, the Jewish people will dance. Instead of crying, the Jewish people will sing. Instead of fear, the Jewish people will have courage. And like Sarah Litman, showing us and leading us with her example, we will go from distress to relief, from darkness to light, from subjugation to redemption,” he told his congregation.
Hundreds of Israelis attended the wedding celebrations at the International Convention Center.
The public wedding invitation, which the couple posted on social media, begins with the biblical quote: “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy, for I have fallen but I have gotten up” (Micah 7:8).