For the average Orthodox couple, marching to the chuppah is akin to crossing the finish line of a marathon that began long before the spouses met.
Over the course of their lives, family, friends, Rabbonim, teachers, and mentors have coached individuals into marriageable shape so that one day they could cross the “finish line” and build the long-awaited Jewish home of their own.
All throughout the race, especially towards the end, there was a feeling of excitement as well as apprehension; what if he doesn’t make it to the end? What if she is the last one to finish or doesn’t finish at all? They may have each suffered injuries that forced them to stop moving altogether or at least slowed down to a walk. But nevertheless, the individual- along with the respective coaching committee- kept an eye on the prize with constant hopes of a triumphant finish. [Read more…]