I'm just popping in to give all you ladies a quick update on how things went yesterday. We arrived at the court early, and made it there first, so the meeting with the rabbinical court's expert started around two hours ahead of time. After briefly viewing my documents, he progressed to speaking with my grandmother, which took most of the meeting. They talked a bit in Yiddish, then he asked her about her Hebrew name, her parents' and siblings' names, some family history, etc. When he asked her about what happened to her parents during WW2, poor Grandma started crying (as she always does whenever the subject is brought up) and told that they were killed in Auschwitz. A few minutes later, I already received a positive recommendation along with a "Mazel Tov".
This means things are going well, and we can progress to the next stage - a discussion in front of the dayanim (rabbinical judges), who will give the final verdict (normally in accordance with the expert's recommendation). Hopefully this part will go smoothly as well. The meeting is scheduled two weeks from now, and if you think that's a long time to wait, think again! We would have gotten a much later date, but my dear chatan stepped up and told them the date we planned for the wedding, and boldly stated that rescheduling is absolutely out of the question. He sounded so confident! I could never say something like that. And so they squeezed us in.
Anyway, we're optimistic now. Hearing the expert say, "well, it's obvious to me that you're Jewish" instantly poured more energy into me. Can you imagine how wonderful it felt, after weeks of nerve-wrecking tension?
There's so much to do, as anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows well. We need to make arrangements about the reception; music; food; invitations; I already scheduled a meeting with the seamstress and hairdresser; on top of that, we still need to decide where we're going to live!.. As you can imagine, a million things overflow my mind and I'm running around in a haze of to-do lists and deadlines, with a wide smile on my face.
Oh... and thank you so much, all the dear ones who have been thinking about us and praying for us! Your encouragement and support mean more than words can tell!