Tisha B’Av and the Three Weeks

Today marks exactly three weeks until our wedding day. It is also the holiday of Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av. According to Jewish custom, for the three weeks prior to this date there are no weddings allowed to be performed. Tisha B’Av is the saddest day in the Jewish religion because it is considered a mourning day for us to remember the befallen Jewish people over the ages. The song Im Eshkachech also known as If I Forget You Oh Jerusalem is sung as a solemn reminder at a Jewish wedding as even in moments of joy we have to remember our past. The cantor who is co-officiating will chant this song during our wedding ceremony.

The “three weeks” is also symbolic of the final preparations that we are accomplishing for our wedding—just three weeks from today. The programs are written and printed, our seating arrangements are completed, and place cards have been sorted in alphabetical order and are ready to be displayed. We have finalized our menu, and menu cards will be printed soon. We have final phone calls arranged with the Rabbi, Cantor, Photographer, Band, Piano Soloist, and Caterer all in the next two weeks. And finally, this will all become a lot more real when Adam and I apply for our marriage license this coming Thursday.

The month of August is only three days away and our big day will be here before we know it!

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