One of the reasons the Daily Mail is popular is because of stories about an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Israel

The Daily Mail is one of my go-to places.  I love the strange amalgam of real news, crime stories, pop culture, and general miscellanea.  Today, that miscellanea included an exquisite, and completely un-antisemitic, photo essay about an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Israel.  The pictures are dazzling windows into a different world, a world that is rooted in a different time and place.  Check it out.

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    Wonderful and surreal.

    mechitzah – the veil or room divider that separates the women and men.
    What separates the Hasidic sects of Judaism from modern orthodox – no changes to the following:
    Language (speaking Yiddish praying in Hebrew)
    The reasoning was that Jewish communties were historically dispersed and exhiled. They had changed their clothing to blend in, they changed their language to be part of and they changed their names to join in and be accepted. None of it worked and they decided to draw the line in the sand.

  • Caped Crusader

    Talk about “retro”.


    Retro, like a Dutch Master’s painting.
    Told my sister-in-law (we’re the same age) if we were furniture they’d call us “art deco” instead of old farts 😉

  • Caped Crusader

    Dutch Masters, art or cigar, definitely retro; nothing wrong with that! Also known as “tradition”.

  • Ymarsakar

    In my life, I’ve come to realize that most people are uncomfortable around strangers, especially those with different beliefs. Not because they are being threatened physically, but because they just don’t have a very strong will and identity.

    That’s why I always thought everyone would be friendly to the various missionaries I’ve met on my front door, for the first time, or women walking their dog at the park when it is already dark. While I can strike up a conversation with any and all of them, to the point where they don’t even notice what time it is, as I heard more and more stories from other people, I realized that I was the abnormal one out of the norm.

     All I see in the pictures are interesting people I could meet and talk with, with an interesting culture and history to educate me on.

    And I’m the strange one in humanity.


  • Caped Crusader

    Ymarsakar. you are the smart one, and one who has benefited greatly by hearing other peoples life story, for everyone has one, and most are very interesting, as I also have learned. Being friendly to strangers and drawing them out into an open discussion by exchanging life stories has allowed me to meet some of the greatest people in the world. Not famous, but very interesting, and you can make friendships that last a lifetime. Over 24 years ago we invited an exchange professor from China to visit us since he had been kind enough to help our daughter learn Chinese calligraphy (Hanzi). Few had invited him to do anything where he felt welcome and “at home” with an American family. We have corresponded these many years and we have a friend in China, although physically we will probably never meet again. He was also kind enough to teach us Tai-Chi which is a great deal more complicated than it appears.