Thursday, June 30, 2005

The man who mistook his wife...

A very short posting about one of the funniest things I've seen in a while.

Today Bryan and I were at the Rabbanut finishing up, and getting our ketuba (marriage license/contract).

There was a man in front of us on line trying to fill out his marriage license request. Bryan and I heard the clerk ask him, "what's your fiancee's name?" and then we saw the man shrug his shoulders. The clerk grew more and more impatient, asking the man "Your wife to be...what is her name? her name!!! Surely you know her name!" And the man kept saying, "I forgot it." The man actually could not remember his fiancee's name and had to be sent home until he could think of his future wife's name.

Bryan was laughing so hard they almost through us out of there. Even the clerk was busting up.

Needless to say, I am not holding out much hope for the success of this marriage.


Anonymous moC said...

Forgeting her name is one long as he doesn't forget her birthday or anniversary!!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Not sure whether to laugh or cry. Or both.

Shabbat shalom!

6:43 PM  
Blogger treppenwitz said...

If he was Haredi, it could well be that he has only met his intended once or twice (if at all). Ironcally, in those circles the whole 'biddekin' (veil ceremony) loses some of its significance. I mean, it is supposed to be a ceremonial representation of 'recognizing' the bride... sort of a 'yeah, that's her' so that there can't be any questions of someone pulling the old Rachel/Leah switcheroo under the chupah. But I'll bet that many of these Haredi grooms couldn't pick their brides out of a police lineup! :-) All I'm saying is that if he was wearing a fur hat and white knee socks, I'd cut him some slack for forgetting his future wife's name.

10:08 PM  
Blogger treppenwitz said...

...of course I meant 'ironically'.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Rahel said...

I'd like to believe the groom had a particularly dreadful case of the pre-wedding jitters. But David's explanation seems a great deal more plausible.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was your wedding? We've heard nothing about it in the blogsphere. Please post soon!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Michael Lawrence said...

Mazal tov on your wedding - hope it went really well. You picked the best spot in the world to have it.

3:00 PM  
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6:19 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

Mazal tov on the wedding, may you have a fabulous life together!

6:22 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Damn, and here I thought I might have been the only one "clever" enough to post a mazal tov on here. Guess I should've been quicker on it! At least I sent you an advance email! Mazal tov, my dear!

5:14 AM  
Blogger Zoe Strickman said...

I hope your fast is going well. I shook my head when I read this post. By the way, Mazal tov on the wedding. May both of you be zoche to have a good life, a good marriage, healthy children, and good health and financial success together.

I hope you don't mind me asking you this, but would you be willing to put a link to my site on yours? My site is seriously lacking in Jewish readership and I could use the increased traffic (and more importantly, the feedback) on topics that I am writing about on the blog, and I don't know how to attract more Jewish readers. I'd appreciate any suggestions you have, and I've enjoyed reading your site since I came onto the blog world in March. Thanks. -Zoe

6:56 PM  
Blogger Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

I agree with Treppenwitz, it seems likely that they haven't met often. I'm sure he'll learn it. Perhaps he should have a note to carry with him: "You Are Married to: Rivka"

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