With Tisha Be’av over, the summer’s wedding season began this week. And one of the most festive weddings this writer has ever attended was the nuptials of Kuwaiti- born Mark (Mordechai) Halawa and Finnish-born Linda Brunell, which took place on Wednesday at Ness Harim in the Judean Hills.

Officiating was Rabbi Israel Weisel of Bnei Brak. Among the hundreds of guests were streimelwearing Belzer Hassidim, sunburned Swedish Lutherans who had flown in from Scandinavia in a show of Zionist support and family ties, and friends from Abu Dhabi.

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