A wedding, we know, is an occasion of joy, but also an expensive event. Even the most low-key weddings involve some necessary expenses. And while many people must budget carefully before getting married, it’s rare for a couple to be as destitute as Yoel and Sarah are. In their case, the groom hasn’t yet managed to raise the money even for a wedding ring.
This couple, though, isn’t remarkable only for their poverty. Yoel, 42, and Sarah. 37, are both converts living in Jerusalem who have gone through many challenges to belong to the Jewish people.
Yoel, who hails from Poland, was a brilliant student, whose family wished him to become a clergyman. Instead, he read up about Judaism and decided to go to Israel and learn more about the Jewish faith. He rented a small room and learned there day and night. He was converted by the Eda Charedit Beis Din, and he continues to learn Torah all day long. He has no money; he eats at soup kitchens and washes his clothes by hand. But now, finally, he is getting married.
The bride, Sarah Batya, is originally from Brazil. She grew un in a deeply dysfunctional family. At some point, her father even sold her into slavery. But when she grew up, she moved to Switzerland and there came across some information about Judaism. Fascinated by the things she learned, she too moved to Israel, learned about Judaism, and underwent a haredi conversion. Like Yoel, she is also very poor, cleaning houses to feed herself.
On Cheshvan 22nd, those two precious souls will be united by marriage, building a bayit ne'eman beyisrael. The event will be extremely modest, but the couple doesn’t even have money for the most basic things, such as kitchen utensils. He is learning all day long; she is cleaning as many houses as she can. They are happy to do with very little, but right now they have nothing.
Yoel and Sarah have travelled a long and difficult road to join the Jewish people. Let’s join forces to help them get married and start their new life together!