JERUSALEM (JTA) – The young couple who postponed their marriage by a week after the terrorist murder of the bride’s father and brother has invited the public to their wedding.
Sarah Techiya Litman and Ariel Beigle will be married Nov. 26 in the Jerusalem International Convention Center. Litman’s father, Rabbi Yaakov Litman, and 18-year-old brother, Netanel, were killed in the West Bank last Friday.
“This evening, instead of wearing the bridal dress, I will sit on the floor with a torn shirt,” Sarah said Tuesday, the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot reported. “But very soon, we will marry in a large and happy wedding. We will go on and be happy as Father and Netanel always were. We will not be crushed.”
The couple is calling it the “million person wedding,” according to Yediot, which quoted the couple as saying, “Multitudes will come to make us happy.”
Litman told the newspaper that her fiancé has already begun to fill the void left by her father and her brother, who were shot to death near the West Bank settlement of Otniel as they drove in a car with five other family members to the Shabbat pre-wedding celebrations.
“My angel in white has a difficult mission,” she said, adding that Beigle has become a surrogate father to her younger siblings.
The public wedding invitation begins with the biblical quote “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy, for I have fallen but I have gotten up” (Michah 7:8).
Shadi Mutawa, 28, a member of Islamic Jihad, was arrested on Saturday night and has implicated himself in the killings, according to the Shin Bet security service.